Image source, Image caption, Life Life expectancy has increased in parts of London, but has declined elsewhere
Many areas in the north of England have seen their life expectancies drop in theover the past decade, suggests a new study.
The differences across England have now become glaring, researchers say - such as a 27-year life expectancy gap for a man living in Kensington and Chelsea, for example report to Blackpool.
Although Covid caused a drop in life expectancy, this research suggests it was already in decline in many areas.
Researchers have describes the trend as "alarming ".
"There has always been a feeling in the UK that everyone 's health is improving, even if it is not at the same pace "said Professor Majid Ezzati from Imperial College London, which carried out the study.
"These data show that longevity has been worsening for years in large parts of the world. 'England. "
The study, which was published in The Lancet, analyzed all deaths in England between 2002 and 2019. He then calculated the 'life expectancy for different communities, based on death records in these places.
He found that while life expectancy increased in most places during the first millennium decade, from 2010 it began to decline in some places.
Parts of London and original counties continued to live longer - but life expectancy declined in some urban areas of Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool, where life expectancy was less than 70 for men and 75 for women.
In 2019, researchers say that there was a 20-year gap in life expectancy between a woman living in Camden (95.4 years) compared to a woman living in an area of Leeds (74.7 years).
And formen, there was a 27-year gap in life expectancy between areas of Kensington and Chelsea (95.3 years) and parts of Blackpool (68.3 years)
average life in the UK is 79 for men and just under 83 for women, as estimated by the Office for National Statistics.
"DecreaseLife expectancy used was scarce in wealthy countries like the UK, and occurred when there were major adversities like wars and pandemics, "Professor Ezzati said.
"For such drops to be observed in 'normal ' before the pandemic is alarming " he said - and he called for action to be taken.
The researchers say the differences are due to poverty, precarious employment as well as reduced social assistance and health care.
They call on the government to increase investment in public health in areas with low life expectancy.
The government has previously committed to tackling regional health inequalities in part of its "leveling up " program.
In a speech earlier this yearBorn, Boris Johnson addressed the differences in life expectancy and called it "a scandal".