York has more early deaths than similar areas, figures reveal

York is bottom of the league for early death rates in areas of similar deprivation
11 Jun 2013 @ 8.38 am
| Health & fitness

York is bottom of the league for early death rates in areas of similar deprivation
York is bottom of the league for early death rates in areas of similar deprivation
York is bottom of a league of similar local authorities for early death rates according to new figures.

A new map of mortality rates published by Public Health England places York 54th out of 150 local authorities for premature deaths. Across 2009-2011, York had 252 premature deaths per 100,000 people.

That compares to 455 in the worst performing authority, Manchester, and 200 in the best, Wokingham. Public Health England defines premature death as happening before the age of 75.

But in the Similar Areas Ranking table – where York is ranked alongside local authorities said to have comparable deprivation rates – it comes 15th out of 15. Dorset County Council is top, with 207 deaths per 100,000. North Yorkshire County Council is ninth with nearly 237 deaths.

The Longer Lives table. Click to enlarge
The Longer Lives table. Click to enlarge

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called the geographical variation in early death rates “shocking”. While the data has been available before, the Longer Lives website enables people to compare an area’s mortality performance against those with similar populations, incomes and levels of health.

 

York early deaths

Premature deaths per 100,000 of the population. Source: Longer Lives
DiseaseLowestYorkHighest
CancerHarrow: 83107Manchester: 152
Heart disease and strokeWokingham: 4055Manchester: 116
Lung diseaseBromley: 1423Blackpool: 62
Liver diseaseWiltshire: 911Blackpool: 39

 
According to Public Health England, York is in “socioeconomic decile 9”, which ranks the city as in the least deprived sector of the community.

But York council leader James Alexander has responded to the report in a series of Tweets (see below). He says the Similar Areas Ranking table is unfair as York is the only city included, and that air pollution adds to the premature deaths caused by lung disease.