longer in Yorkshire
across Yorkshire are living longer, but a regional north-south
divide in health is widening a reversal of national
patterns of affluence and deprivation, according to geography
professor Phil Rees and research student Dominic Brown.
a recent article for Yorkshire Universities' Regional
Review, the researchers analysed mortality rates relative
to averages for England and Wales, and looked at life
expectancy on a ward by ward basis to plot the health
of Yorkshire and Humberside over two three-year periods.
of mortality were lower in rural north Yorkshire wards
than in the more industrialised south. This disparity
had increased over the period studied and the difference
was greatest for adult men.
exposure to more occupational health risks and their reluctance
to seek healthcare are probable contributory factors,"
said Dominic Brown.
Swaledale had the lowest male mortality rate for both
time periods studied 1990-92 and 1996-98
with Tong and Bradford Moor showing the highest.
expectancy across the region had improved. However, it
repeated the pattern of mortality with greater differences
in longevity appearing for men. The male average rose
from 73.1 to 74.7 and for females from 78.7 to 79.7.
expectancies were greater in northern areas such as Ryedale
but people in Kingston upon Hull and Barnsley had the
lowest in Yorkshire.
figures show that, at both district and ward scales, relatively
healthy areas have been getting healthier at a faster
rate than the least healthy areas, with an increase in
mortality inequality between different parts of the region,"
said Professor Rees.