Economic and social deprivation suffered by many in UK coastal towns is highlighted in a report from England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty.
You can access the Annual Report from the Chief Medical Officer here
Most coastal towns have ‘hidden problems’ and a big wealth and income divide. Their populations tend to be older, per capita incomes are lower and economic inactivity rates are higher. This feeds through to worse outcomes for public health, a problem accentuated by the lack of public health facilities including access to NHS dentists. Whitty argues that many residents are left "old before their time."
These problems have been apparent for decades and will require major investment from both public and private sector to address in a fundamental way. Coastal economic decline is a really important aspect of the regional economic problem for the UK.
Here are some key findings from the report:
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