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Date published: 2008/03/13

The BBC says:

Despite a pledge to cut the health gap between the richest and poorest, the difference in life expectancy is widening, a government report shows.

The aim is to reduce the differences in male and female life expectancy by 10% by 2010.

But the report shows the gap between those in the most deprived areas of England and the rest of the country is getting worse.

The government said inequalities were "difficult to change."
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Life expectancy in the most deprived areas has increased by two and a half years for men and one and a half years for women over the last 10 years.

Is it up to the government to try and force the gap to narrow? Is the country crying out for the gap to narrow? Indeed, is life expectancy something the country should be worrying about that much in any case, given that it is so high already? Doesn't the country have more important things to worry about (some of which might have an indirect effect on life expectancy)? Unfortunately the BBC does not think to ask any of these questions of the government or the opposition parties, all of whom just gave the expected knee-jerk responses to the report.

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