Commenting on the publication of Health expectancies at birth and at age 65 in the UK: 2010-2012, published by Office for National Statistics, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity said:

“It is shocking and unacceptable that people in an area like Wokingham can expect 70 years of good health while those in Manchester can expect only 55 years. Good health is about a good NHS but also much more than that – it’s affected by housing, income and lifestyle. We need to urgently invest in preventative public health services to stop health inequalities becoming worse, and in the care and support services people desperately need now. Life expectancy is not just about living for more years but about living longer, healthier, happier and more productive lives.”

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