North-South variation in premature deaths September 27th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments North-South variation in premature deaths People living in northern areas lose more potential years of life due to amenable conditions than those living in the south, new figures show. A report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre calculates the potential number of years of life lost when patients die from conditions that should not be fatal where there is timely and effective healthcare. Across England in 2012, a total of 1.1 million years of life were lost for all people registered with a GP, with an average of 2,061 years lost per 100,000 GP registered persons. This is the equivalent to just over one week of life lost for every registered person in the country. All the geographical areas (4) with a rate of fewer than 2,000 years lost per 100,000 people registered with a GP were clustered together in the south of England, with the exception of London, which has a rate of 2,017 years of life lost per 100,000 registered persons. The lowest rate was 1,738 years of life lost per 100,000 registered people in Surrey and Sussex. With the exception of London, all the areas with a rate of more than 2,000 years of life lost per 100,000 patients are clustered together in the north. The highest rate is 2,586 years of life lost per 100,000 people registered with a GP in Greater Manchester. Data published as part of the CCG Outcomes Indicator Set, also show that: The effect of premature deaths is higher for men than for women. For every 100,000 males registered with a GP there are 2,232 years of life lost, compared to 1,891 years for women, giving a gender gap of 341 years per 100,000 people registered with a GP. This gap has reduced having been 480 in 2010 and 426 in 2011. The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area with the highest rate in 2012 was NHS Bradford City CCG area with 3,215 years of life lost per 100,000 people registered with a GP. With 1,414 years of life lost per 100,000 registered persons, NHS Surrey Downs CCG area had the lowest rate. The two biggest causes of years of life being lost are heart disease and cancers, making up 1.2 million and 1.0 million respectively of the 3.5 million years of life lost in the three years 2010, 2011 and 2012. HSCIC Chair Kingsley Manning said: “This report provides an insight into premature deaths which is essential to those providing and planning health services across the country. “It is striking that more than one million potential years of life were lost for people registered with GPs last year in England – the equivalent to just over one week for every single registered person in the country. “This report makes an important contribution to understanding differences in health outcomes across the country alongside other HSCIC data, for instance on public health.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!