Commenting on the publication of Health state life expectancies, UK: 2013 to 2015, published by Office for National Statistics, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity said:

“Health inequalities are deeply embedded in the UK. It should not be acceptable that people in an area like Rutland can expect nearly 72 years of good health while those in Tower Hamlets can expect only 54 years. At a time when funding for the NHS and social care is extremely stretched, improving healthy life expectancy in all areas of the UK is essential if we want to reduce the costs of an ageing population. If we have a public health and care system that can help people live longer lives in better health, it is better for them, but also better for everyone."

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