It’s been 10 years since Professor Michael Marmot last looked at health divides. His latest report, while not painting a pretty picture, does highlight some of the work that has been going on in our wonderful city to help try to buck the national trend.
The Marmot report calls Greater Manchester ‘pioneering’ in the way it tries to deal with the problems that make people ill in the first place. It highlights the many services and initiatives that have been set up to try and make a difference locally.
One of those services is the Citizen’s Advice phone line which is now available in almost most half of GP practices across the city. The phone lines are for people who need help with other things that affect their health. Advisors can offer help on issues such as debt, benefits and even how to ensure your house is warm in the colder months.
The Manchester Evening News has a great article summarising the report and the services and initiatives available that could really make a difference to you.
It’s great that the city has been recognised for its all its hard work, but, should we really be surprised? After all ‘This is Manchester, we do things differently here’.