More money equals longer life

22 September 2005
Wealthier people are likely to live five and a half years longer than those less well off, according to a survey by two Huddersfield primary care trusts.

Not surprisingly perhaps, those living in deprived areas suffer eight times more mental illness than those in more moneyed areas and heart attack victims are three times more likely to die.

Dr Sohail Bhatti, director of public health for Huddersfield Central and South Huddersfield primary care trusts, said: "We always knew that wealthier, more affluent people lived longer but now we can say exactly how much longer.

"We can also calculate mortality rate at postcode level for the first time. The analysis raises serious questions about how best we allocate resources and it may be that we need to redistribute resources away from more affluent neighbourhoods towards the hard-pressed inner city GP practices."

Research last year also found that lack of money could have a profound on mental health.

A study by the Royal Holloway University of London found that financial hardship suffered by students had a profound effect on their mental health, with nine per cent surveyed already depressed and 20 per cent anxious at a clinical level.

The National Union of Students (NUS) estimates that one in four students suffer from mental health problems throughout their studies.

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