State of Wales briefing: health inequalities

BriefingsResourcesOctober 26th, 2023

This briefing provides essential data on life expectancy in Wales – one of the key measures of inequality.

Life expectancy is one of the most fundamental measures of equality or lack of it. It demonstrates how lives are shortened by deprivation, and by gender, age and ethnic differences. There are important messages for politicians and the providers of all public services, not just health care providers, about the urgent need to reduce deprivation as an integral part of improving the nation’s health.

The briefing considers data on overall life expectancy, and then looks at the mortality rate associated with the three main causes of death: cancer, circulatory diseases including heart attack and stroke), and dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Where available, data are provided on age, sex, race or ethnicity, geography and deprivation.

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