Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called on the Scottish Government to end the life expectancy lottery among Scots as new figures showed males in East Dunbartonshire can expect to live 7 years longer than those in Glasgow City despite just 13 miles separating the two.
Today’s release shows that Scottish males and females have the lowest life expectancy of any country in the UK. Male life expectancy is 2.0 years lower than the UK average and female life expectancy is 1.7 years lower.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“Although there has been some improvement in the length Scots are living, there is no end in sight for the postcode-based life expectancy lottery.
“It is simply unacceptable in this day and age that a child born in Glasgow can expect to live 7 years less than one born just a short hike away in East Dunbartonshire.
“We need to ensure that every area of Scotland is getting appropriate funding. Every child should have the chance to live life to the fullest. That is why we need to tackle head on the persistent inequalities that are cutting lives short. The Scottish Government could start by adding to the resources available to GPs in our most deprived areas and investing in education, giving people the chance to get on in life.”