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Date/Time
Date(s) - 28.01.2017
09:30

12:00

Location
Ede House

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A discussion about how we can deal with the burning and persistent issues of health inequality.

Keynote address by  Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister Public Health
followed by discussion about how we should deal with recent initiatives  including the Up North Report, Health and Wealth – Closing the Gap in the North East (The NECA Report) and the Sustainability and Transition Plan proposals for the region led by David Taylor-Gooby.
Compared with other regions, this region has the worst levels of deprivation and life expectancy, and the highest rate of early deaths from cancer. The gap has continued to widen over four decades.  A baby girl born in Coxhoe, County Durham, can expect to live for 15 fewer years in good health than a baby girl born in Richmond, London. 18% of residents are classed as living in poverty, compared to 12% in the South East.
Compared with other regions, this region has the worst levels of deprivation and life expectancy, and the highest rate of early deaths from cancer.  The North East’s rates of smoking in pregnancy and breast feeding initiation, binge drinking and adult smoking are the worst in England.   In recent years, massive efforts and tens of millions of pounds have been spent across the North East on schemes aimed at improving wellbeing.  Have they done any good?
Professor Clare Bambra from Durham University’s Department of Geography said: “The differences in people’s health in the north compared to other parts of the UK are totally unacceptable. Without a radical change to the current approach to health inequality, we are likely to see things getting worse.  “Lots of children’s life chances are determined before they are even born. We need to improve peoples’ access to affordable, healthy food.”
Coffee and tea at 9:30, refreshments afterwards.
All welcome.  Please register with David.Taylorgooby@btinternet.com or 0191 587 0008

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