UK Life Expectancy is the Highest it’s Ever Been

A good news story for once. A report published by Public Health England (PHE) has found that life expectancy at older ages in England have risen to their highest ever level. Well what does that mean:

  • men can now expect to live for a further 19 years at age 65, 12 years at 75, 6 years at 85 and 3 years at 95
  • women can expect to live for a further 21 years at age 65, 13 years at 75, 7 years at 85, and 3 years at 95

So unlike other reports this shows that the effect of increasing life expectancy continues through life. Now please note that these are English figures and in Scotland we have a tendency to not see the same benefits. I wonder how Scotland would compare?

If you want to see the full report go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/life-expectancy-recent-trends-in-older-ages

Another interesting report from this week is from the Kings Fund which reports on the British Social Attitudes Survey, focussing particularly on the public’s satisfaction with the NHS in 2015. The survey was carried out between July and October 2015 and asked a nationally representative sample of more than 2,000 people about their satisfaction with the NHS overall, and of more than 1,000 people about their satisfaction with individual NHS services. If you want to know what they said go to http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/articles/public-satisfaction-nhs-2015

Amazingly people aged 75 and over have higher levels of satisfaction with the NHS than younger people. I  have to wonder why, especially when you look at stories like this one: Social care cuts ‘major cause’ of A&E problems

Maybe this helps explain it.

 

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