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Health Inequalities

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in tackling health inequalities and variations in life expectancy. (85853)

Life expectancy is improving across England for all but is currently improving more slowly in the spearhead areas with the worst deprivation. Some spearhead areas are on track to meet the 2010 health inequalities target and we are working to ensure this best practice is spread not only to enable more people to live longer but to narrow the health inequalities gap.