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Government failing to reduce health inequalities in women

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The government is still failing to reduce the gap in life expectancy between women in rich and poor areas, according to a report.
According to the government’s third update of the Tackling Inequalities: A Programme for Action report, women in richer areas are living longer than those in deprived areas.

The report says that health quality and life expectancy have improved dramatically for those living in well-off neighbourhoods.

However, life expectancy in the most deprived areas has increased by two and a half years for men and one and a half years for women over the last 10 years.

The report is part of a plan to reduce differences in mortality for infants, men and women by 10% before 2010.

Health minister Dawn Primarolo said: ‘The report proves what we already know – health inequalities are difficult to change. We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target and we’re the only country in the world to have a plan to reduce health inequalities.’
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