Recent health data research from the University of Manchester has revealed the stark contrast in average life expectancy for people living in the North compared to the South. According to the findings, the nation is divided by a line between the River Severn and the Wash which gives a strong indication of life expectancy for those living either side. Health inequalities have led to those living in the North being at 20% higher risk of dying before they reach the age of 75. Historically, the nation has experienced such disparity since before the days of Benjamin Disraeli, who wrote the novel 'Sybil' to highlight the socio-economic division within British society.
In the report, Professor Iain Buchan (HeRC, Faculty of Biology Medicine & Health) explains the importance of the recent findings and suggested steps that might be adopted in order to close the North-South health inequality gap, for example, implementation of suitable economic policies to accompany the health and social care strategies needed to improve the situation.
Along with an emphasis on the urgent need for investment in the potential opportunities catalysed by a healthy workforce, Professor Buchan's report also shows that previous government policies have failed to improve the lift expectancy of people living in the North.
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