County worse than average for premature deaths

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Northamptonshire is ranked as worse than average for premature deaths according to a new government website.

Public Health England’s Longer Lives website shows a map of local authorities colour coded according to their early death rates. Northamptonshire County Council came 72 out of 150 local authorities giving it a “worse than average” ranking.

The league table compares the number of people under the age of 75 who died between 2009 and 2011, and shows that people living in north-west England are at the greatest risk of dying early.

A statement from the Department of Health said the data would “provide local areas with information to help them understand their own position” and target specific health challenges.

In April, councils became responsible for encouraging people to stop smoking, eat better, drink less alcohol and face up to other public health problems.

Northamptonshire ranked 75th out of 150 local authorities for premature deaths from cancer with 108 people out of every 100,000 dying early. In Harrow, this figure was 83, in Manchester 152. For liver disease, Northamptonshire ranked 57th, with 14 deaths per 100,000. In Wiltshire the figure was nine, while in Blackpool it was 39.

There were 6,105 premature deaths in the county during 2009-2011.

According to Public Health England about 153,000 people die prematurely each year in England, with three quarters of those deaths down to cancer, heart attack or stroke, lung disease and liver disease.

The UK is seventh out of 17 European countries for men and 15th for women for premature death rates.

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