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North-south divide in health care

Wednesday June 9th 2010

People in the South are still receiving better healthcare than those in the North, according to a new report.

A report from the Office for National Statistics found people in the North East, North West and Yorkshire and The Humber were still receiving a generally poorer than average health experience.

In comparison those in the South East, South West, East of England and London were likely to have a better than average experience, according to the 42nd Regional Trends report.

Meanwhile the East Midlands and West Midlands were around average for England.

The North East, North West and Yorkshire and The Humber had lower life expectancy, and higher mortality rates from cancer, respiratory and circulatory diseases and "all causes" compared with the England average.

High levels of breast cancer diagnosis in the South West, 135 cases per 100,000 population in 2008, opposed the picture of good health in this region. The figure was higher than the England average (123 per 100,000 population) and all other regions.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "Everyone should have the same opportunities to lead a healthy life no matter where they live.

"We need to do more to help people in deprived areas and we need an ambitious and co-ordinated strategy to do that."

Copyright © Press Association 2010

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