Life expectancy figures misleading, claim St Helens Council

St Helens Star: Liz Gaulton heads public health in St Helens Liz Gaulton heads public health in St Helens

FIGURES which apparently show that St Helens women have one of the highest rates of life expectancy in the country have been dismissed as “misleading”.

Reports suggested that the won's women lived to an average of 73, placing it in the lowest five areas in the country.

However public health chiefs in St Helens say the statistics are not representative of the town as a whole.

A council spokesman explained: “The figures being quoted for life expectancy in St Helens are extremely misleading and refer to one small part of the town centre ward. Other parts of the borough are well above the England average with the highest among the top 11 per cent nationally.

“The most recent data from the Office of National Statistics (2010-12), confirms that life expectancy for the borough as a whole is 81.6 years for women and 78.0 years for men.

“We’re acutely aware that there are still inequalities across the borough, but are working hard to improve the situation and with some success.

“In just the last three years we’ve seen a 2.2 year increase in life expectancy for men and a 1.3 year increase for women.

“This is largely due to local initiatives that have helped people give up smoking and reduce alcohol misuse.

"We’ve also succeeded in increasing vaccination take up to reduce winter deaths from flu and pneumonia and introduced projects to get people active and reduce their chances of suffering cardio-vascular diseases.”

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5:35pm Wed 29 Jan 14

barrie timpson says...

We're doing all we can......by closing the council gyms and replacing them with Macdonalds and lard on a stick.
We're doing all we can......by closing the council gyms and replacing them with Macdonalds and lard on a stick. barrie timpson

8:32pm Wed 29 Jan 14

annie1275 says...

Also the fact people are struggling to put decent food on the table.(If at all any at times).
Also the fact people are struggling to put decent food on the table.(If at all any at times). annie1275

11:35pm Wed 29 Jan 14

jumperr says...

It seems to me that the people in some type of know how does not see what is happening in the 'real world' there's one country called London and then the rest any name you choose but it not related to the capital
It seems to me that the people in some type of know how does not see what is happening in the 'real world' there's one country called London and then the rest any name you choose but it not related to the capital jumperr

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