Deconstructing an irreversible outcome from health inequality
63 years old and male
fathers of two daughters
patients with severe heart disease
Ajay recovered from a
bypass surgery and
was discharged from hospital
Bob died at the hospital
Ajay is in Hart , Hampshire
Bob is in Blackpool
That is not a coincidence
Bob had gone to the hospital
at the right time?
Bob had seen his GP more regularly
so that his GP could've detected and prevented
his condition earlier...
...instead of ad hoc visits
to the Accident and Emergency (A&E)
Bob had not been obese and
had a healthier lifestyle?
Bob had enjoyed a better quality education
so that his employment prospects and
lifestyle would have been better?
Bob had not lived in a poor quality, cold house as a child
which contributed to his asthma
that sometimes prevented him from attending school?
All these things made the difference between Ajay recovery and Bob's premature death
Unfortunately, the situation will be worsened generation after generation, if untouched
The effect of growing health inequalities is felt across the whole nation
of life of under 75 were lost
due to heart disease:
in the most deprived decile vs
in the least deprived decile
If entire England had
the same infant death rate of
the least deprived quintile,
beyond the first year
Health inequalities lead to
productivity losses of
per annum and
direct NHS costs of