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DoH launches health inequalities intervention web tool

24th August 2007

The Department of Health has announced the launch of the Health Inequalities Intervention Tool – an online resource designed to help local councils and health services boost life expectancy in disadvantaged areas.

Providing potential integration with comprehensive local strategies, the website looks to help practice-based commissioners, authorities and primary care trusts understand the impact of effective evidenced-based measures to reduce the gaps in life expectancies.

The site exhibits present life expectancy in each of the 70 “Spearhead” areas surveyed, together with the national life expectancy for comparative purposes.

High-impact interventions displayed by the tool included the reduction of infant deaths, stopping smoking and the prescription of antihypertensive drugs and statins for patients with undiagnosed cardiovascular diseases.

Dawn Primarolo, public health minister, said: “Tackling health inequalities is a priority for the Department of Health and the NHS.

“We have set targets that need to be achieved by 2010, including a ten per cent reduction in the difference in life expectancy at birth between the fifth of areas with the worst health and deprivation and England as a whole.”

She added that the department will support local council and NHS service planners to focus on the delivery of these targets.

Last month, the DoH published plans for increasing the availability of GPs for citizens living in “deprived areas”, with the scheme being piloted in Ashfield, County Durham, Great Yarmouth and Hartlepool.

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