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Life expectancy shock: Men in central Stockton expected to live 16 YEARS less than in other areas

A shocking gap between the life expectancy of men and women in Stockton is being investigated by health chiefs.

It comes after a stark report last week revealed Stockton Borough now has the greatest inequality in male life expectancy in the country – and the gap has widened in recent years.

Though life expectancy is increasing as a whole, the gap between the most deprived and most affluent wards in the borough is increasing.

A man can now expect to live 16.4 years less in Stockton town centre – the most deprived ward in the borough – compared to a man in Eaglescliffe, among the most affluent areas.

But the gap for women is considerably less at 11 years.

Councillor Steve Nelson Stockton Council’s Cabinet member for housing and community safety, said:

“It’s not happening with women.

“Do we understand why men and women are so different?”

Peter Kelly, director of Public Health for Stockton and the author of the public health annual report for 2013/14, told a cabinet meeting that “it is very unusual there is such a gap”.

“With regard to women, we need to understand why the same hasn’t happened there – is it heart disease? Is it cancer?

“That’s a separate issue we are investigating.”

As reported, Mr Kelly’s health study revealed the life expectancy of men living in the poorest parts of Stockton has barely improved since the 1930s.

In stark contrast, life expectancy in areas like Eaglescliffe is as good as in the most affluent parts of the country.

Councillor Jim Beall, deputy leader of the council, said:

“We can dwell on that and say ‘shock, horror’, but on an average people are living longer in the borough.

“It is quite shocking information, it’s what we’re going to do about it that is the important question.

“We do something everywhere, but we do more where there’s more need.”

Council leader Councillor Bob Cook said:

“We have got a diverse borough – the worst wards are in the top 10% nationally, the affluent wards at the other end.

“It does show we have done quite a lot of work to bridge that gap, but quite a bit of work is needed to make sure deprived wards catch up.”

Source – Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, 16 Feb 2015

North East has lowest healthy life expectancy in country

Men and women in the North-East have the lowest healthy life expectancy in the country, according to official new figures.

A statistical bulletin produced by the Office for National Statistics highlights the continuing North-South divide in health life expectancy.

Men born in the North-East had a life expectancy of 77.8 years, slightly higher than the North-West, but the lowest healthy life expectancy of 59.5 years.

Women from the North-East also finished at the bottom of the pile for life expectancy – 81.6 years – and last among the English regions for healthy life expectancy – 60.1 years.

The two areas where men and women could expect to have the longest expectancy of healthy living were in Richmond upon Thames and Wokingham in the affluent South-East of England.

Men born in Richmond upon Thames could expect to enjoy a healthy living expectancy of 70 years while women born in Wokingham could expect to live healthily for 71 years.

Within the North-East Darlington men had the longest healthy life expectancy of 64 years with Northumberland just behind with 62.7.

The shortest healthy life expectancy within the region for men was in Sunderland where average healthy life expectancy is 55 years.

 Women born in Darlington also had the longest healthy life expectancy in the region – 63 years – while women from Sunderland had the shortest healthy life expectancy in the region – 58.4 years.
Source –  Northern Echo, 20 July 2014