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The Department of Health in Northern Ireland today published the 2017 sub-regional report on health inequalities

15 February 2017

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland today published the 2017 sub-regional report on health inequalities

This report provides an up-to-date picture of health inequalities within Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts and Local Government Districts (LGDs) in relation to area differences in morbidity, mortality, utilisation and access to health and social services.

Key Findings:

  • Health outcomes are generally worse in the most deprived areas within each Trust/LGD when compared with those seen in the Trust/LGD as a whole.
  • Male life expectancy increased across the period in all Trust areas and Local Government Districts (LGDs), with the exception of Antrim & Newtownabbey LGD, where it remained similar
  • Female life expectancy also increased across the period in all Trust areas and in approximately half of the LGDs, while remaining broadly constant in the remainder
  • Over the period analysed, a larger number of indicators for each HSC Trust, saw widening inequality gaps than those where gaps had narrowed. This was also true for the majority of LGDs with the exception of Fermanagh and Omagh, Mid Ulster and Mid and East Antrim
  • As seen regionally, deprivation related inequality was most evident in indicators relating to alcohol and drug use, suicide/self-harm and teenage births

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