The head of Bolton’s Hospital Trust has called for more investment in education, jobs and infrastructure in the early years when a report claimed that Greater Manchester’s epidemic death rate as a result of health inequality averaged the national average. 25% more than
Sir Michael Marmot erased the end of male life by almost four months last year compared to the national average in the northern average.
Its latest review described the inequality for Bolden and the rest of Greater Manchester as ‘exposed and pervasive’, with a quarterly higher mortality rate than that of England as a whole.
Donna Hall is president of the CBE, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. He said Marmot’s research showed that “covid has increased health inequality”.
“Sir Michael Marmot’s work to highlight health inequalities over the last ten years resonates with us in Bolton,” he said.
“As a board at the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, we know that our health is worse. In some parts of Bolton, where there is more poverty, there is more hospitalization and lower life expectancy.
“Cowade has promoted health inequality.”
Ms Hall said action was being taken locally but that investment from the central government was needed if “equality” was to be achieved.
He said: “We are working with the Bolton Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the local community and volunteer groups to find ways to keep people as healthy as possible.
“But it needs, as Marmot explains, investment, education, employment opportunities and social infrastructure in the early years.”
The Marmot report states: “While England has the highest mortality rate in Cove 19 compared to other countries, the rate in Greater Manchester is even higher than the average in England.
“Analysis shows that the death rate in Greater Manchester from Cove 19 is 25 per cent higher than in England as a whole.
“Life expectancy in the north-west of England also fell sharply in 2020 compared to England as a whole.”
According to last year’s provisional statistics, the decline was 0.9 years for women and 1.3 years for men nationally, but in the Northwest it was 1.2 years and 1.6 years, respectively.