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Profiles highlight health inequalities

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The government has compiled health profiles for every local authority and region across England.

Data included in the profiles are details of deaths from smoking-related diseases, life expectancy and indicators of children’s health.

Indicators include the percentage of mothers who breastfeed, the number of children doing PE and sport at school and obesity at reception year.

The profiles are intended to give the NHS, local authorities and other partners an insight into the health of their residents.

The death rate from smoking was lowest in East Dorset (139 per 100,000) and highest in Knowsley (355 per 100,000)

Public health minister, Dawn Primarolo, said: ‘Inequalities around the country are stark, but the NHS and local authorities can use these profiles to target local health hotspots with effective measures.’

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