'Risk of early death greater in Knowsley'

Most Merseysiders live in areas where preventable deaths are almost a third higher than the national average, a recently released report suggests.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 7:00 am
Too many people in Merseyside live in areas where there is a greater chance of dying early, the report says

Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley have all been identified as “risk zones” in a report from the Centre for Progressive Policy.

These are areas where NHS trusts have both budget deficits and below average health outcomes.

There are 32 across the country and people who live in those areas have a 29% higher chance of dying from causes that are “preventable, amenable or avoidable”.

Charlotte Alldritt, director of the Centre for Progressive Policy, said the report emphasised the need for a long-term approach to social care funding.

She said: “The government is under increasing pressure to respond to a health and social care funding crisis.

“But the chronic challenges facing the NHS demand more than a short-term cash injection or another five – or even ten – year strategy.

“A new approach to health and care is needed that can cope with our ageing population, improve joint working between local government, community services and the NHS and take up

the opportunities of technology for diagnostics and delivery, and embed health outcomes within a wider, place-based economic and social policy interventions.”

Sefton is also identified as a “crunch zone” – an area which has a large elderly population that is weighing on an underfunded care sector, further increasing pressure on the NHS.

The borough is one of only five local authorities in the country identified as both a “crunch zone” and a “risk zone”.Nick Tyrrell , Local Democracy Reporting Service