DEATHS and injuries from road accidents in the Chichester district are ‘significantly worse’ than the rest of the country, a government health check has revealed.
Statistics from Public Health England show the number of people killed or seriously injured on the district’s roads is 90 a year – twice as bad as the national figure.
It is one of two red warning indicators on a chart which says the health of the district is generally good.
The other warning is about diabetes which, with more than 5,000 sufferers, is only slightly over the national average but still deemed to be ‘significantly worse’ than elsewhere.
The 2014 Health Profile covers the district’s 115,000 population and concludes ‘the health of people in Chichester is generally better than the England average’.
It says residents can expect to live longer in the district compared with others, and women live longer than men by about three years.
‘Life expectancy is not significantly different for people in the most deprived areas of Chichester than in the least deprived areas,’ it says.
Despite the ‘better than average’ score, the report still reveals 2,200 children – about 12 per cent – live in poverty, and that 13 per cent in Year 6 at school are classed as obese.
This statistic is worse for adults with 21 per cent classed as obese – just two per cent less than the national average.
A massive 66 per cent are said to be overweight although the percentage of physically active adults is nearly three per cent higher than the national average of 56 per cent.
The report is designed to help local government and health services understand the community’s needs so they can work to improve health.
It says on average men can expect to live until they are 81 – two years better than the national average. Women can expect to live into their mid-80s – also above the national average. The over 65’s experience more than average hip fractures and are more vulnerable in winter than elsewhere. Deaths from heart problems, cancer and smoking related illnesses are lower than average.
Local priorities include Dementia Friendly Chichester and support for people with low level mental health problems.
Schoolchildren in the district get better than average exam results, according to the Public Health England report with just under 64 per cent of its pupils getting five GCSEs at A* to C grades. This is about three per cent higher than the national average, but twice as good as England’s worst areas.
Adults smoke more than the national average, says the report.
In addition the findings show that nearly ten per cent of pregnant young women carry on smoking up until the birth of their child. More than 80 per cent of women breast feed their children compared with a national average of 73.9.