Health inequalities in the news

05 January 2012

The annual NHS Atlas of Variation has highlighted concerns over the so-called “postcode lottery” in treatment across England

Health inequalities have featured prominently in the news over the past few weeks. The annual NHS Atlas of Variation was published in Christmas week and highlighted concerns over the so-called “postcode lottery” in treatment across England, particularly for treatment for dementia. Public Health Wales issued a report showing men in the least deprived communities of Wales can expect to live in good health for 19 years longer than those in more deprived parts of the country. And statistics published by the Scottish Public Health Observatory show that the most deprived Scots can expect to live almost twice as many years in ill health compared with their more affluent counterparts. Follow these and other news stories on the social causes of ill-health on our facebook page, and help us start a conversation about what needs to be done to tackle these issues.

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