Dying young in Stockton – Englands most unequal town

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The life expectancy gap between rich and poor people in England has been widening for nearly two decades.

The rich remain healthy longer. The poor die younger.

That bleak assessment is based on national data.

Stockton-on-Tees is the town with England’s biggest gap in healthy and unhealthy life expectancy, according to Public Health England , and resident Rob Hill, who is only 46, is getting ready for his death.

A lifetime of cigarettes and poor food have taken their toll and Rob has numerous health problems including emphysema, lymphedema and kind 2 diabetes.

Image caption Rob Hill

Two years ago he was given six months to live. Rob’s on borrowed time.

‘I’ve made a few bad options, ” he told Panorama .

“Smoking – worst selection I could have ever induced in my life.”

Life expectancy gap between rich and poor widens Nine facts about how long we live How long are you going to live ? Image caption Dr David Hodges is a local GP in Stockton. Image caption Reporter Richard Bilton walking through a graveyard in Stockton. Image caption Alison Crake, mortician in Stockton

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