Report Highlights Gaps In Life Expectancy

St Mary's Hospital

A report has highlighted the gap in life expectancy for people in our area as a key challenge for the future.

The report, produced by Felicity Owens, the Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly says people are living longer but the gap between those that live the longest and shortest time is stubbornly wide, about 5.7 years for men and 5.2 years for women.

Ms Owens says the difference between those with good physical health, wellbeing and happiness in their later years and those without is also significant.

Disability free life expectancy – the number of years you live without a significant health challenge – varies by about 6.1 years for men and 4.8 years for women across the whole local population and this is closely linked to where you live, your lifetime income and overall life experience.

The report celebrates success in areas of public health including launching a new child safety campaign to prevent deaths from nappy sacks, launching new programmes of physical activity in schools and workplaces and making good progress in helping more people to quit smoking.

Public Health Services will move across to the Council of the Isles of Scilly by April 2013 under changes announced by the Government, but work is already underway to plan for that change.

Ms Owens says the move from the NHS into local government presents a significant opportunity to better understand and improve the everyday influences on people’s health, wellbeing and happiness, like always improving the quality of education, providing warm and safe housing and creating opportunities for everyone to enjoy the natural environment.

A full copy of the report is available here