Inter Law – Inequality in health between rich and poor widens

Inequality in health between rich and poor widens – 18/03/2017The health care gap between the richest and poorest Britons has widened since Labour came to power according to a new report.

Attempts to narrow the gulf in infant mortality rates and life expectancy between society’s privileged members and those less well off have failed say charity Help the Aged.

According to the report, the gap in male life expectancy in 1997 between the average person and those living in the poorest areas was 1.9 years. By 2006 the gap had increased to two years. Female life expectancy showed a greater disparity over the same period, increasing from 1.4 to 1.6 years. The gap grew in child mortality also, increasing from 14 to 17 percent.

Other areas that showed increasing health inequality between rich and poor were under-18 conceptions, deaths in road accidents, smoking and GPs per 100’000 people.

“The terrible truth is that people from poor backgrounds and those unable to act as strong advocates for their own health continue to die younger and have a worse quality of life than the population as a whole” said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb.

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