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Research published by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network,'Deprivation and death: Variation in place and cause of death', suggests that people who live in deprived areas are more likely to die in hospital than those living in more affluent areas..
On average the stillbirth rates in England are now among the worst compared with our EU neighbours. It might also be worth noting that averages once again hide some pretty poor statistics. For example Leicester City has a stillbirth rate of 7.7./1000 births and this is significantly worse than either Bulgaria at 6.6 and Kazakhstan at 5.1.
As with many other causes of death, poverty is a significant factor and studies around stillbirth and early neonatal death have shown that multiple deprivation is an important cause. This is more than the usual causative factors including smoking, alcohol and poor diet, that government blames for such differences, with
poor housing and
It would seem that
some of our causes
of death remain
intractable not because
of failures of the NHS but due to the pervasive social and economic inequalities where it appears England is falling behind countries we once called 'developing'
The legacy web sites remain a very good source of information for looking at the health inequalities and health services in your area and comparing these nationally or with neighbouring areas.
A poll commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) shows that more than half of doctors think that patients with a learning disability receive a poorer standard of healthcare.
More than one in three doctors also reported that they had personally seen a patient with a learning disability being given poorer care or facing some form of discrimination.For more information go to
A report on social determinants of health produced by the World Health Organisation stresses the importance of Local Authorities in tackling health problems. This report is available in full at WHO 2012
This interactive atlas was produced by the South Eastern Public Health Observatory for 2010 with data for 2008-9 to compare different Primary Care Trusts throughout England on a range of indicators. These indicators include Diabetes Care, Cancer bed days and admissions, Stroke care and CHD mortality. The intnetion was to help commissioners in PCTs when they were looking at how to develop services.
The Public Health Observatories disappeared under the current Health Service Reforms from April 2013 - but only in name fortunately as they became part of Public Health England. So regadless of the reforms this type of intelligence service that can seriously help design methodology will continue. It is also helpful to the curious, concerned service user, campaigner or researcher this present atlas might be a good start
NHS Atlas of Variation
An Atlas of Deprivation is produced by the Office of National Statistics and shows the poorest (and richest) places in England. The Indices of Multiple Deprivation give us an insight into poverty and deprivation across England using seven domians of income, employment, health deprivation and disability, education,skills and training, barriers to housing and services, crime, and living environment.
This Atlas shows the super output areas, tiny geographical areas, ranked and scored across a whole range of poverty indicators for the whole country - and the data used by government to fund services and assess need.
Engagement with a difference. Make your job easy, talk to people in a language they understand. How to use people's own interests and passions, such as pop music and football, to improve their health. Using popular culture as an engagement tool'
Tudor Hart Inverse Care Law
The original article is now open access at:
Equality in Health and Social Care Charity
BHA is a health and social care charity that exists to challenge health inequalities and support individuals, families and communities to improve their health and well being