Life expectancy is stalling across the UK and heath inequalities have increased according to a major new report. In Cornwall the difference in life expectancy between men in the richest and poorest areas is 7.5 years, up from 5.5 years ten years ago.
Ten years after the landmark Marmot Review highlighted the need to tackle health inequalities, the gap between rich and poor areas has increased. The latest review, led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, found that life expectancy growth has stalled over the past decade for the first time in 100 years.
"England has lost a decade," Prof Marmot said, calling the damage to the nation's health "shocking".
"If health has stopped improving, that means society has stopped improving."
Ruth Gripper, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for Truro & Falmouth, said:
"It is shameful not just that this gap still exists, but that it's actually getting wider. We've known about it for a long time but successive governments have failed to tackle it. I hope this review will lead to a renewed focus on what we need to do about it."
"These issues are preventable. It's not just about the NHS - housing, work, and our wider community all have a huge impact on our health. Those are the issues the Conservative government needs to address."
Read the full report at https://www.health.org.uk/publications/reports/the-marmot-review-10-years-on
Data on health inequalities by local authority can be found at: https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/health-profiles/data