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More than half of county districts have health score below national average… but neighbouring Rutland ranks second in England

More than half of Lincolnshire’s districts have a health score lower than the national average, it can be revealed.

Statistics show that four of the county’s seven patches score below England’s average mark of 100 - although neighbouring Rutland comes second highest in the country.

The lowest ranked area was Lincoln, with a health score of 85.30, the 14th lowest in the country.

The figures show the health picture in Lincolnshire and Rutland.
The figures show the health picture in Lincolnshire and Rutland.

Just above was Boston Borough with 88 and East Lindsey on 92.20.

South Holland also fell below national average with a score of 94.40.

The three districts which ranked above national average were West Lindsey (106.70), South Kesteven (107.70) and North Kesteven (114.80).

The health ratings reflect a number of factors
The health ratings reflect a number of factors

An area’s health rating is determined by mental and physical health, local unemployment, road safety, and behaviours like healthy eating.

The lowest ranked areas in the country were Blackpool (76.6), Kingston Upon Hull (77.5) and Liverpool (79.9).

Highest ranked was Harrogate (124.9), closely followed by Rutland (124.6) and Elmbridge in Surrey (124.1).

The Health Care Report, created by digestive disease diagnostic specialists BIOHIT Healthcare, ranks the areas in Lincolnshire and beyond by their health score, seeing how they compare to the England’s average of 100 to determine the overall health of each location.

The data gives a rich insight into how the nation's health has changed and allows the study to understand the aspects that affect the health of both individuals and communities, and to ascertain whether these might be getting better or worse.

“It is well documented that a strong association exists between socioeconomic status and health, and when it comes to gastrointestinal disease for example, this is particularly evident in children presenting with gastrointestinal infections,” a BIOHIT spokesperson explained.

“Studies have also shown that deprivation is linked to higher incidences of peptic ulcer disease and severe oesophagitis, and later stage diagnosis of cancer.

“Health scores help highlight potential inequalities and deprivation that may inform and guide better policies on healthcare provision.”

After obtaining the latest Health Index Score data sheet from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), survey compilers recorded all the local authorities’ Index Scores.

To find other figures, like how the scores changed compared to previous years and the lowest indicator for each area’s health score rating, the ONS’ Health Index was used.

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