English set to outlive people in Scotland

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English people will live longer than their Scottish neighbours, newly published statistics show.

The average English man will live to the age of 78.6 while male Scots will live to 75.9.

Similarly, Scottish girls born between 2008 and 2010 have a life expectancy of 80.4 years, which is 2.2 fewer years than English girls, who are expected to live to 82.6.

In Wales and Northern Ireland, the average life expectancy for men is 77 while women are expected to live to be 81.

The figures, published by the National Audit Office (NAO), were collated to highlight the variety of healthcare across the UK.

The research suggests that in 2009, GPs in Wales and Northern Ireland each had 1,538 patients while those in Scotland cared for 1,250 patients each.

GPs in England had 1,428 patients each and were paid almost £20,000 more than their Scottish colleagues.

English general practitioners had an average taxable income of £109,400 while Scottish GPs were paid £89,500.

Welsh GPs earned an average of £93,500, while those from Northern Ireland were paid £91,400.

In the past decade, spending on health services has more than doubled from £53bn in 2000/01 to £120bn in 2010/11.

The NAO said spending had increased consistently across all four nations but England spent the least money per person on health services in 2010 to 2011.

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said: “We publish this report at a time when the NHS across the UK is under increasing pressure to use resources more efficiently.

“Funding is tighter while the demand for healthcare continues to grow as a result of an ageing population and advances in drugs and technology.”