There is some good news, with England making excellent progress in smoking and in diabetes control. However, data presented here lead us to two particularly concerning conclusions.
First, England currently has poorer health outcomes than the average across the EU15+ in most areas studied, and the rate of improvement in England for many outcomes is lower than across the EU15+. Unless current trends improve, England is likely to fall further behind other wealthy countries over the next decade.
Second, the marked inequalities observed in most key outcomes are likely to widen over the next decade as problems in areas such as infant mortality and obesity are worsening more quickly among the most deprived section of the population.
Our key findings include...