Shocking life expectancy figures for area’s women
I was disgusted to read the story in last week’s Lennox Herald about the life expectancy of our girls.
Women in West Dunbartonshire will live shorter lives than any other women in Scotland. What a terrible shame. How has it come to this? That the prospects for our baby girls are the worst in Scotland.
The Lennox Herald rightly asked ‘the powers that be’ what they were doing about it.
But I would be lying if I said anything in any of the statements provided any reassurance to what is a worrying state of affairs for many local people.
The poverty expert cited the social history of this town as a possible cause. This is understandable.
But that’s exactly what it is, history.
Therefore it should come as no surprise to the council and our politicians.
There is no new phenomenon here - just years of neglect.
They should, by now, have the answers on how to solve this problem.
Given the situation, is it any wonder the population is falling? I don’t blame people who might chose to move away to raise their families.
But the status quo is not working for those who have stayed. And this is deeply unfair. It is time we saw real action to tackle this poverty shame.
We deserve better than this.
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