Healthy life expectancy in England tumbles

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May 16, 2024 - PRLog -- Shock new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that, in England, healthy life expectancy at birth for a male fell from 63.4 years in 2015-17 to 62.4 years in 2020-22, and from 63.9 years for females in 2015-17 to 62.7 years in 2020-22.

The number of years we can expect to live in 'good health' had been climbing consistently since the introduction of the NHS in the 1940s and this sudden fall is a cause for concern, says a leading expert.

Dr Avinash Hari Narayanan (MBChB), Clinical Lead at London Medical Laboratory, says: 'It used to be a given that we would all live longer and, crucially, healthier lives than those of the preceding generation. This month's ONS report on UK Measures of Wellbeing reveals a surprise decrease in the years we may expect to spend in good health.

'In England, healthy life expectancy at birth for a male fell by a year between 2015-17 and 2020-22. Similarly, the period of life lived in good health for a female fell by 1.2 years between 2015-17 and 2020-22. Healthy life expectancy (known as HLE) is defined as the number of years an individual can expect to spend in very good or good general health.

'Once again, good health appears to be a postcode lottery. In the Northeast, it was just 57.6 years for males and 59.7 for females in 2020-22.  In stark contrast, male healthy life expectancy at birth in the Southeast was 64.6 years and 64.7 years for females.

'We agree with the ONS' conclusion that "it is likely the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic contributed to this decrease". However, regardless of the pandemic, where you live should not dictate how many years of your life are spent in good or very good general health.

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