Abstracts: August 11th, 2004

This new report from the Office for National Statistics reveals that people in higher managerial and professional occupations report the best health, as do people living in the South East of England. The age-standardised rates for people in routine occupations who rated their health as “not good” were more than double those for people in higher managerial and professional occupations. There are substantial geographical and occupational variations in self-reported general health. People live longer and healthier now but not all the extra years gained are necessarily in good health. Women still live longer than men, but the gap is narrowing. Focus on Health paints a picture of the health of people living in Britain. It includes information on broad measures of health, mortality, risk factors, some preventive measures and service provision. Particular emphasis is placed on changes related to age and trends over time.There are 2.5 million health and social care workers in the public and private sectors in England and Wales. For every 10,000 people in England and Wales in April 2001, there were 86 care assistants and home carers, 75 nurses, 22 medical practitioners, 5 midwives and 4 dental practitioners.

Published by the Office for National Statistics and available free at: www.statistics.gov.uk/focuson/health