Manchester Evening News

Shock report shines light on borough’s health divide

- By NICK JACKSON Local Democracy Reporting Service

LIFE expectancy varies by nearly 10 years between Trafford’s most affluent and deprived areas, a report on health inequaliti­es in the borough has revealed.

The report by director of public health, Helen Gollins says the ‘stark difference­s are unfair and preventabl­e.’

She said: “Although at borough level health outcomes for people who live in Trafford, or are registered with our primary care practices, are good compared to England, these figures mask hidden inequaliti­es.”

Her report says a man living in Hale Barns might live, on average, to the age of 84.4, while in Partington, the average life expectancy is 74.9, a difference of more than nine years.

Women in Hale Central live until they are 88.1, compared to 79.2 years in Partington, a difference of 8.9 years.

Addressing Trafford’s health scrutiny committee, Ms Gollins said the authority’s health and wellbeing board will target five priorities which are: reducing the impact of poor mental health; reducing physical inactivity; reducing the number of people who smoke or use tobacco; reducing smoking or tobacco use; reducing alcohol consumptio­n and supporting residents to maintain a healthy weight.

“Evidence has shown that Trafford residents with a serious mental illness will die younger from physical health needs, compared to those without serious mental illness,” she said. “We know that health outcomes for our residents living in Partington are not as good as those living in Hale.

“Vulnerable groups, like for example the Traveller community, are less likely than other groups to be vaccinated against communicab­le diseases, such as flu, measles and Covid.”

She added that health inequaliti­es are influenced by jobs, homes and education. “Difference­s in the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age influence our opportunit­ies to live healthily, and how we think, feel and act, and this shapes our mental health, physical health and wellbeing,” said Ms Gollins.

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