Health postcode lottery: The Mirror’s online tool shows how many years of illness you can expect – but only for those living in England….

Andrew Gregory in The Mirror reports 21st November 2015: Health postcode lottery: Our online tool shows how many years of illness you can expect – Shocking data uncovered by the Mirror reveals a rich and poor divide, with men in Chelsea living 30 more healthy years than those in Salford

It looks as if the “Office for National Statistics” covers England, but not the rest of the UK. NHSreality has fed in post codes for friends in N Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and the calculator is not able to help. This emphasises the declining/reducing “National” part of our health services.. If we cannot have the information, we lack the ability to argue a case… Could this be deliberate? Go to the Mirror website and fill in your post code.. Devolution in health, one of the most important issues to voters, has been a mistake. Differential covert post-code rationing is now “legalised”, but without a plebiscite. It is breaking up the “N”HS and the social cohesion of the UK.. (Devolution of health to Wales was a mistake? )

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People in some parts of England suffer 30 more years of ill health than others, shock figures show.

The astonishing official data – uncovered by the Mirror – reveals a huge inequality gap between the richest and poorest areas of the country.

For example, men who live around Sloane Street, in London’s Kensington & Chelsea borough, can expect to enjoy 80.2 years of good health.

But blokes who live in or around Pendleton, Salford, can only expect an average of 46.3 years of good health in their lifetime.

The data is broken down by tiny areas across the country. These areas – studied by the Office for National Statistics – are bigger than postcode areas but smaller than boroughs.

To see how many years of good health people living in your can expect to enjoy, just type your postcode into our online tool.

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The top spot for men in England is classified as Kensington & Chelsea 012, an upmarket area of London which includes the luxury department store Harrods.

The worst area for men is Salford 024, which contains several pubs, fast food outlets and takeaway shops.

Women enjoy the highest number of good health years – 78.3 – in London’s Westminster. While females living in or around Sparkbrook, Birmingham, have the lowest – just 46.1 years of good health on average.

In it together? A graphic shows the wide differences in health outcomes

The overall average amount of time people can expect to live in good health is 63.5 years for men and 64.8 years for women across England.

Life expectancy at birth in England for men is 79.1 years, while for women it is 83.0 years.

Prof John Newton, Chief Knowledge Officer at Public Health England, said: “The findings reinforce the need to address health inequality through public health and prevention as all the evidence shows that the root causes of health inequalities like these lie largely outside the health service.”

Read more: Postcode lottery means dementia patients in poorer areas are 27% less likely to get treatment

He said that the gap between the best and worst areas for years of good health was much wider than the difference between areas in overall life expectancy.

He explained: “People are living longer with one or more diseases like diabetes or cancer that might in the past have been fatal.

“This is a new situation for care services and has implications for how and where the resources those services need to be allocated in future.”

Dr Ann Marie Connolly, Deputy Director, Health Equity and Mental Health, at Public Health England, suggested higher numbers of smokers and inactive people in deprived areas was affecting how many years of good health they can expect to enjoy.

She added: “Although we’ve seen improvements in physical activity and smoking rates, these have not been enjoyed by all sections of society and so we continue to see these stark differences in outcomes for different communities across England.”

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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