07/12/2018

SDLP: Life Expectancy Still Depends On Your Postcode

The SDLP has condemned the findings of a recent report which highlighted the continued disparity of life expectancy in different areas.

The Department of Health published the latest outcomes for Northern Ireland on Thursday 06 December, revealing that life expectancy between 2015 and 2017 for males was 78.5 years and 82.3 for females.

That figure can vary between regions, according to the Department.

Male life expectancy ranged from 79.8 years in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area to 75.8 years in Belfast, while female expectancy varied also.

The party's spokesperson for health, Mark Durkan MLA said the difference in local and electoral wards demonstrated the amount of work required to correct the issue.
News Image
He commented: "This report is evidence of the continued failure to address health inequalities. It is unacceptable, especially in a place as small as Northern Ireland, that we have such disparity in health outcomes on a postcode lottery basis.

"It must be emphasised that these figures in no way reflect the standard of healthcare delivered in particular places like the North West and areas of Belfast, rather the need that exists therein. This is not a failure of the health department or our Trusts but of Government or now lack of Government to address economic inequalities across the region."

The Foyle MLA continued: "There must be increased efforts and investment in more deprived areas to create and support employment and improve economic performance and living standards. It is said that our health is our wealth.

"Conversely, lack of wealth is a clear factor in poor health and any City Deal or other initiative should be addressing these inequalities at their core."



(JG)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

16 May 2013
NI Women Maintain Longer Life Expectancy
Women in Northern Ireland continue to experience a longer, average life expectancy than their male counterparts, according to statistics released by the Department of Health. 'Health and Social Care Inequalities Monitoring System: Life Expectancy Decomposition' covers changes in Northern Ireland life expectancy from 2001-03 and 2008-10.
02 August 2012
25% NI Poverty Rate 'Widening Life Expectancy Gap'
A quarter of people in Northern Ireland are living in poverty, a researcher has claimed, shortening their life expectancy compared to those living in wealthier areas. Martin Caraher spoke today at the West Belfast Festival.
05 January 2011
NI Needs Healthier Outlook, Says Boots
Two thirds of people in Northern Ireland don't think they'll make it to 80 years-of-age, despite this now being the average UK life expectancy. That's according to an assessment on the state of the UK's health that was commissioned on behalf of the new Boots Health Assessment Tool.
09 November 2011
Good Samaritans Celebrate 50 Listening Years
A birthday has been celebrated with news that a key provider of emotional support, the Samaritans, passed its 50th anniversary last week.
29 October 2008
Health Inequalities Must Be Tackled: Minister
Life expectancy in Northern Ireland is not improving for everyone, despite the most advanced medical techniques. A new report out this week highlights that although life expectancy has increased overall throughout Northern Ireland (between 1999-2001 and 2004-2006) for both males (increase of 1.4 years) and females (increase of 1.