During the Labour Government between 1997 and 2010 health inequality widened. The life expectancy gap between rich and poor increased by 7% for men and 14% for women. The good news is that life expectancy increased for everyone, but it was much faster for the rich than the poor.
Around £4 billion a year has been spent on public health (of which £2.5 billion a year will now be given to councils). But it has been largely wasted. Lots of generalised nanny state messages about giving up smoking, losing weight, using condoms, etc. An army of people going round with clipboards and balloons engaging with people and monitoring their ethnic group. Another army inputting data. Lots of stakeholders, projects, strategies, advisory assessments, cessation co-ordinators, pathways. All top-sliced, front-loaded, fast-tracked, and multi-disciplinary.
Nothing very tangible achieved.
As mentioned, average life expectancy has increased - from 74 for men and 79 for women to 78 and 82 respectively. But this is largely because we have got richer. It's thanks to all those thrusting wealth creating capitalists. The worthy public health bureaucrats appear to have been an irrelevance if the widening gap between rich and poor is anything to go by.