Northerners are losing more potential years of life than people in the South (From The Northern Echo)
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Northerners are losing more potential years of life than people in the South
A NEW health map reveals that people living in the North lose more potential years of life due to treatable conditions than those down South.
The map - based on statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre - illustrates the North-South gulf.
The potential number of years lost are calculated from when patients die from conditions that should not be fatal where there is what the HSCIC call "timely and effective healthcare".
It is not clear why the figure for years of life lost are so much higher in the North of England but it could reflect a combination of poorer health and deficiencies in NHS care in the region compared to the South of England.
The colour-coded map expresses the changes in shades of blue with the darkest blue reflecting the greatest number of years of live lost.
It clearly shows the lightest blue extends across the whole of the South of England (excluding London) and steadily darken as you move North.
The North-East shows up in the second worst band of 2,200 to 2,400 years of life lost per 100,000 persons.
North Yorkshire is in the third worst band with between 2,000 and 2,200 years of life lost.
The worst areas - which are in the 2,400 plus years lost band - include parts of the North-West and West Yorkshire.
All the geographical areas with a rate of fewer than 2,000 years lost per 100,000 were clustered together in the South of England, with the exception of London, which as a rate of 2,016 years of life lost.
The lowest rate was 1,738 years of life per 100,000 in Surrey and Sussex.
The highest rate is 2,586 years of life lost - is recorded by a GP practice in Greater Manchester.
The effect of premature deaths is higher for men than women, the statistics show.
In the Durham, Darlington and Tees area the total of years of life lost in the three years 2010, 2011 and 2012 amounted to 41,447 for women and 52,246 for men.
The two biggest causes of years of life being lost are heart disease and cancers.
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