20 May 2019
Our Chief Executive, Anna Dixon, responds to the latest figures on how long people in the UK can expect to be healthy in later life.
The latest ONS figures on ‘health state life expectancies’ (2015 to 2017) show:
Previously, the latest Health Survey for England showed that:
“The latest ONS figures on healthy life expectancy show that we still have a long way to go before everyone can fully enjoy all the benefits of a good later life.
“There is no point adding years to our life if those final years are spent in poor health or are severely restricted by preventable disability. We need to focus on adding life to our years and reducing the gap in healthy life expectancy between rich and poor.
“We need urgent action from policymakers, local government, planners, developers and the NHS to create environments where people can stay healthy for longer and prevent diseases and disabilities which affect people in later life.”