A shocking graphic was presented by Thrive Plymouth Thrive and led by Plymouth’s Office of the Director of Public Health. This graphic revealed that at any bus stop made by the Plymouth Bus’s Journey, the life expectancy of people in Plymouth shortens.
With this, the health workers get alarmed and disturbed by the result. According to the graphic, there is a big gap between the life expectancy of rich people and the less fortunate ones. It just means that in every short stop along the way, the life expectancy of the commuters gets a year shorter compared to before.
Using this simple presentation, experts and researchers explain that this complex problem is mainly caused by poverty. It also reveals that rich people and less fortunate people in the UK have a big life expectancy gap.
Further explained by Councillor Kate Taylor, this lower life expectancy is also a result of massive cuts in government funding. People continuously struggling without getting full support because of insufficient funds. She added that it comes as no surprise that the government and the people could not easily intervene due to limited resources.
Knowing this, Councillor Taylor added that with the rising problem, the government should review its funding and benefits system to effectively tackle important aspects in society. It will be helpful to focus on public health, allocations, and inequalities.
Dr. Ruth Harrel, the Director of Public Health, ensures that there are ongoing improvements in public health. Now, they are really focusing on reducing the gap of life expectancy of rich and less fortunate people in the city.
In addition to this, the survey also revealed 4-4-54. It illustrates the following:
- 4 causes of poor health – lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking, and alcohol consumption
- 4 common causes of death – stroke, coronary heart disease, respiratory problems, and cancer
- 54 refers to 54% of all deaths in Plymouth caused by such health problems.