First, at the launch of the Health Profile for England, John Newton (Public Health England’s Director of Health Improvement) presented data that showed there had been little demonstrable change in health inequalities since 2010-12, as measured by gaps in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy by levels of deprivation.
Second, transparent but buried deep in the Department of Health’s annual report, there lies an assessment of how the Secretary of State is meeting his duties on health inequalities in England. This includes the Public Health England data, but is also a much wider assessment, across 15 indicators from the public health and NHS outcomes frameworks. This data is reproduced in the Table below and shows that inequalities on all 15 indicators have widened since baseline measurement and, for 9 of the 12 for which there have been some mid-point measurements since baseline, the latest data shows widening since that mid-point.
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