Report reveals health in Northumberland is all about wealth

19 April 2012

People enjoying the good life could live up to 10 years longer than those in more deprived areas, a new report reveals

 Local channel The Journal has reported that an investigation into health inequalities across Northumberland shows that life expectancy is much greater in prosperous rural areas.

Districts such as Blyth Valley and Wansbeck face more pressing health issues than the wide open areas of west and north Northumberland. And the life difference between the least and most deprived people in the county is as much as 10.5 years. Now the aim is to focus on the needs of individual communities to give everyone across the board a better chance of a healthier and longer life.

Northumberland Director of Public Health Professor Sue Milner declared: “The pattern of health in the community mirrors the pattern of wealth in the community. The better your socio-economic status, the longer life you will have.”

A special working group of leading health professionals and county councillors has drawn up a report to go before Northumberland County Council.

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