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Wakefield's health in crisis


Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust wants to cut the NHS at a time when people across Wakefield District are struggling with serious health problems.

The Wakefield Poverty and Prosperity Commission published a report last December stating that health problems are made worse by low incomes.

It found that in Wakefield:

  • Early deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer are all worse than the national average
  • More than one in ten of the working age population are not in work. Ill health is a major contributory factor
  • People living in the most well-off neighbourhoods of Wakefield can expect to live almost 9 years longer than those living in the poorest areas
  • The same inequality shows up in education too. Young people in richer areas are more than four times as likely to go to university as those in the poorest areas


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Tue 5 Feb 2013, 17:08 GMT
Issue No. 2339
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