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UK Women have Shortest Life Expectancy in Europe

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 UK Women have Shortest Life Expectancy in Europe

With reference to an article (Daniel Martin - 17 11 08) British women have one of the lowest life expectancies in Europe, researchers have stated.

Research shows that a British woman who reached the age of 50 in 2005 can expect to live for another 32.7 years - reaching 82 years and eight months. This is ten months less than the European average. Furthermore this also suggests that we are currently on par with Estonia and lag behind our more affluent European counterparts.

It follows a report last week which found that healthcare provision in Britain was worse than in Estonia - a country which spends a fraction of the money lavished on the National Health Service.

Professor Jagger said: ‘The NHS needs to improve across the board and we need to look at other countries to learn lessons. There is perhaps still some age discrimination which means people aren’t getting the care they need.

‘But perhaps one of the greatest reasons is lifestyle - our diet could be improved, for example.’

The figures also revealed that British men’s relative position is slightly better than women’s.

The research was carried out by Professor Carol Jagger from Leicester University and published on the website of The Lancet journal.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said: ‘The Government is clear how important this issue is and that there is still more to do. Narrowing health inequalities remains a top priority.’

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