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Northern Ireland's Poor Health?

The Department of Health today published the 2018 Public Health NI Fact Sheet. This annual publication presents the latest health outcome statistics for Northern Ireland and includes information on general health, mortality and health expectancies at NI, HSC Trust and Local Government District (LGD) levels.

Key Findings

Life expectancy in 2015-17 was 78.5 years for males and 82.3 years for females. This represents an increase of 0.5 years in male life expectancy and no change in female life expectancy from 2011-13. There has been no change in life expectancy for either gender when compared to the previous year.

Male life expectancy ranged from 79.8 years in the Lisburn and Castlereagh LGD area to 75.8 years in Belfast LGD, while female life expectancy ranged from 83.4 years in Lisburn and Castlereagh LGD to 81 years in Belfast LGD.

In 2015-17, healthy life expectancy at birth was 59.1 years for males and 60.3 years for females.

There were 16.5 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2015-17.

The suicide rate was highest in the Belfast HSC Trust (24.7 deaths per 100,000 population) and lowest in the Northern HSC Trust (13.3 deaths per 100,000 population).

In 2017/18, 18% of respondents scored highly (>4) on the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ12).

The preventable mortality rate stood at 207 deaths per 100,000 population in 2013-17.

In 2015/16–2017/18 there were 2,062 admissions per 100,000 population due to circulatory disease, and 2,074 due to respiratory disease. Smoking prevalence among adults stood at 18% in 2017/18, and 77% adults drank alcohol.

The under 17 teenage birth rate stood at 1.3 births per 1,000 population in 2017.

In 2017/18 there were 24 admissions to hospital per 100 population.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 6th December 2018 11:51