Well-off people live an average of seven years longer than those in poorer groups, a new report has warned. The gap between the lifestyles of the rich and poor is having a major impact on the chances of living a healthy life, it suggested.
The review, commissioned by the Department of Health, calls on ministers to act to reduce the gulf between rich and poor.
Targets to raise life expectancy should be set across each different social class, and updated every 10 years, it recommends.
‘In England, the many people who are currently dying prematurely each year as a result of health inequalities would otherwise have enjoyed, in total, between 1.3 and 2.5 million extra years of life.’