Lives are shorter on estates - MP Lancaster

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VARIATIONS in life expectancy across the city have been put on the Government’s agenda by a city MP.

Mark Lancaster raised the issue as health secretary Andrew Lansley unveiled a new approach to public health.

The Milton Keynes North MP highlighted that residents of some estates are likely to die 12 years earlier than those in other estates, branding the gap ‘staggering’.

Mr Lansley’s White Paper, Healthy Lives, Healthy People, outlines how the onus of public health will be transferred to councils.

In Milton Keynes, the number of children who are physically active is ‘significantly worse’ than the English average, according to the most recent Health Profile.

The NHS public health body also calculated that in Milton Keynes there are 34,000 obese people, with over 2,000 being morbidly obese.

Milton Keynes North MP Mr Lancaster said: “It is shocking that people in Woughton are forecast to reach the age of 74, while those in Middleton are likely to live until they are 86.

“Strengthening public health is a way of addressing this gap. After all, prevention is so much better than cure.

“Transferring this responsibility to councils is yet another example of the coalition’s localist philosophy bringing benefits to Milton Keynes.”

Mr Lansley said: “It will be for his local authorities and communities to get together to ask how they can address the inequalities.”