Research by the Health Foundation shows Blackpool suffers from the lowest life expectancy from birth among both men and women. For example, while the average national life expectancy sits at 79 for men, in the Bloomfield Ward in Blackpool this is twelve years earlier – at just 67. According to government figures, Blackpool has eight out of ten of the most deprived neighbourhoods in England.
Commenting on the statistics on Sky News today (Friday 3rd March) Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England, says that traditionally people with ailments tend to move to coastal areas and therefore that is where health solutions should be targeted. Health inequalities mean people are not living as long in England’s coastal towns. Issues like addiction, mouldy housing stock, poverty and deprivation put extreme pressure on hospitals, doctors and medics.
With plans to increase the pension age to 68, a Bloomfield resident said, ‘We are going to end up working until we die.’ This echoes the views of other residents who believe they won’t live long enough to receive their state pension.