|153883. Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:49 pm
|Found by Bunter, as minuted by the NHS Scotland Resource Allocation Committee:
Damning survey ranks Scotland as sickest area of UK, Jonathan Lessware
TWENTY-TWO of the UK's 25 unhealthiest neighbourhoods are in Scotland, according to a study into the nation's well-being. The research found people north of the Border spend more on alcohol and tobacco, are more overweight, participate in less sport and suffer more long-term illness than those living in England and Wales.
The Bowbridge area of Dundee is Britain's sickest region, where residents spend an average of £1,100 a year on drink and cigarettes. Britain's healthiest neighbourhood, Cheam, in Surrey, spent £890.
The study, broken down into council wards, was conducted by American statistics firm Caci, and will be used by the government to target public spending in the areas which need it most.
Phil Hanlon, professor of public health at Glasgow University, said it was a further indication that Scotland urgently needed to address its public health problem. "This study is not welcome in that it confirms our efforts are having an effect in some areas but not in the poorest ones," he said. "Much has been done, there's much more still to do. Scotland's health is improving but the pendulum is still to swing in the poorest areas."
Other top ranking unhealthy neighbourhoods include Greenock central, Seaton in Aberdeen, St James in Renfrewshire, Fairmuir in Dundee and Wyndford in Glasgow.
The system, which will be used to form a regularly updated health database, can even identify individual streets with a particularly high concentration of unhealthy residents. It is based on official information as well as private sector research.
A spokesman for Caci said: "We believe this is a very sophisticated tool, using the best available information on key factors influencing health. There is now widespread recognition that policy in all areas of public service must be based on relevant information about the needs of local residents."
Worst ten wards
1. Bowbridge, Dundee City; 2. Greenock Central, Inverclyde; 3. Seaton, Aberdeen City; 4. St James, Renfrewshire; 5. Fairmuir, Dundee City; 6. Sheddocksley, Aberdeen City; 7. Wyndford, Glasgow City; 8. Greenock East Central, Inverclyde; 9. Garthdee, Aberdeen City; 10. North Muirton, Perth and Kinross
This article: http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=223002006