7 years less of healthy life for those in poorest parts of West Berkshire, as Covid makes inequalities worse
People living in the poorest parts of West Berkshire and Wokingham will live seven years less of healthy life compared to those living in rich areas.
In Reading, the healthy life expectancy of those in the poorest areas is 13 years lower for men and 14 for women compared to those in the richest areas.
The figures have been published in a report to the Health and Wellbeing Board which covers the three areas, known collectively as Berkshire West.
The board was asked to consider the latest version of the area’s health and wellbeing strategy for the next nine years.
The report added that Covid-19 has affected segments of the local population differently, exacerbating existing inequalities.
It said the board would now work to reduce the gaps in health outcomes.
“This pandemic has made it all too clear how intertwined the nation’s economic health is with its physical health – better social and economic conditions had led to better health outcomes and vice versa,” it said.
“Covid-19 has also shown us the importance of social cohesion, giving us opportunities to build community resilience and collectively win the fight against the virus.
“Our vision for Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham over the next ten years is that all people will live longer, healthier and more richer lives.
"This involves reducing gaps in the differences of health outcomes between the richest and poorest parts of Berkshire West.”