Rich and poor health gap

PUBLISHED: 04:42 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 24 May 2010

NORTH Somerset received a mixed verdict from NHS chiefs in a health survey with 'rural prosperity' and areas of 'considerable deprivation' producing a wide gap in life expectancies. The Public Health Observatory survey also reveals that people living in p

NORTH Somerset received a mixed verdict from NHS chiefs in a health survey with 'rural prosperity' and areas of 'considerable deprivation' producing a wide gap in life expectancies.The Public Health Observatory survey also reveals that people living in parts of the district will only live for an average age of 76 - two years below the national average according to the latest figures.Weston West and Central wards were rated in the top 20 per cent of most deprived areas in England.The gap in life expectancy between the worst and the healthiest areas of North Somerset was 6.5 years.The most healthy areas were the rural villages surrounding Weston.The survey also found a high rate of drug users and poor dental health for children.One in five adults in North Somerset smoke with 338 people dying each year from the habit.

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