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Thirty senior public health experts from the north of England say cuts to public health grants should be reversed

There are substantial and growing health inequalities within England. These show that premature death rates are 20% higher for people living in the north than in the south and that a baby girl born in Wokingham can expect nearly 17 more years of healthy life than a baby girl born in Manchester.

Health inequality is not only morally wrong but economically irresponsible. The Northern Health Science Alliance’s recent Health for Wealth report demonstrates that these north/south health inequalities cost the UK £13.2bn a year in lost productivity.

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