North-west of England has highest early death rate

by JoelLane 11. June 2013 16:07

Diane Abbott Rates of premature death in England are highest in the north-west and lowest in the south-east, according to new data from Public Health England (PHE).

According to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, this “shocking” regional variation in avoidable deaths can be addressed through policies to deal with “smoking, drinking and obesity”.

However, Shadow Public Health Minister Diane Abbott (pictured) commented: “There can be no more chilling form of inequality than someone’s social status at birth determining the timing of their death.”

PHE’s Longer Lives website ranks local authorities in terms of premature death rates (aged below 75).

The four worst areas were in the north-east: Manchester (with 455 early deaths per 100,000 people in the last two years), Blackpool, Liverpool and Salford.

The lowest level was in Wokingham, Berkshire, (200), followed by Richmond upon Thames, Surrey (202).

According to PHE, over 150,000 people in England die prematurely each year and two-thirds of these deaths are preventable.

PHE claims the ‘league table’ will enable comparison between areas that have a similar background but different rates of premature death.

Jeremy Hunt said: “I want areas to use the data released today to identify local public health challenges like smoking, drinking and obesity and to take action to help achieve our ambition for saving 30,000 lives a year by 2020.”

Councillor Zoe Patrick, Chairwoman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, warned that creating a league table “dangerously oversimplifies matters and ignores the very complex socio-economic and cultural factors that affect the premature mortality rate.”

It wasn’t just a matter for local government, she argued: “We need to work with our partners in the NHS, PHE and central government to address a whole range of inequalities and issues in order to help everyone lead healthier lives.”

Pf Past

by IainBate 24. April 2013 12:26

We scour the dusty Pf archive vaults to find out what was happening in the pharma industry and wider world beyond five years ago.

April 2008

One of the most shocking stories in a generation made front page news around the globe when details of Josef Fritzl’s incarceration of his daughter for 24 years were reported. Fritzl had built a cellar under his home where he kept his daughter, raped her and fathered seven of her children – three of whom were also held underground.

In politics, Harriet Harman became the first Labour woman to answer Prime Minister’s Questions. Bertie Ahern announced his resignation as the Irish PM, whilst Silvio Berlusconi celebrated with a bunga bunga party after he was re-elected as the Italian PM for a third time.

Comply or Die won the 2008 Grand National, Trevor Immelman beat Tiger Woods by three shots to win the 72nd Masters and Liverpool and Arsenal played out a thrilling 4-4 draw at Anfield – Andrey Arshavin scored all four goals for the visitors.

Future pharma reps studying at universities around the world rejoiced as Grand theft Auto IV was released and quickly became the fastest selling computer game within 24 hours after more than 609,000 copies were sold. But it was not a stellar month for either film or music. Madonna’s 4 minutes stayed at the singles chart for a month – ironic really when the record lasted four minutes too long – and the ‘comedies’ Leatherheads, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay were released in UK cinemas. Hollywood mourned the death of legendary actor Charlton Heston.

The April issue of Pf was as relevant then as it is today with reps questioned on whether they had the skills to succeed in a rapidly evolving customer environment. Other features provided an insight into commissioning on a national and local level. Readers also found out how their customers viewed salespersons. In news, research by the ABPI found the majority of pharma companies had no confidence in the UK market and 83% expected the situation to deteriorate further. However, the ABPI did have reason to celebrate as it marked the 50th anniversary of the ABPI Code with its ‘Still nifty at fifty’ campaign. 



Government denies NHS budget bias

by Emma 1. August 2011 16:35


The Government has denied claims that deprived areas of England will lose out to affluent locations under NHS reforms.

The accusations come from Labour, highlighting figures suggesting that funding changes to primary care trusts will result in Manchester suffering cuts of £42million and Liverpool losing £33million.

This was contrasted with Surrey, who will receive an extra £61million, and Hampshire set to receive an increase of £52million.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley rejected these claims, stating “We’re not taking money away from any parts of England, we’re increasing the budget for the health service in England.

“The average increase in each PCT is 3% compared to the provision the previous year. The minimum increase is 2.5%.”

Shadow Health Secretary John Healey said that the figures reveal that the Tories’ NHS plans will make inequality worse, not better: “The plans will hit services that help people stop smoking, promote healthy eating and exercise and raise awareness about the risks of sexually transmitted diseases.”

The Government stated that the funding changes were based on independent advice and that Labour's figures are misleading.

The DH said that a greater emphasis on the prevention of illness would assist those living in poorer parts of England in the future.


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