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Video Summary: General Health in England and Wales, 2011

Released: 30 January 2013

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Transcript – General health in England and Wales

This is a short video looking at general health in England and Wales

On the 2011 Census, there was a question that asked ‘How is your health in general?’ Using this chart, we will see how people responded. In England and Wales, almost half of the population said that their general health was ‘very good’, and around a third said their health was ‘good’. Approximately 13 per cent of the population said that their health was ‘fair’, around 4 per cent of the population said that their health is ‘bad’ and approximately 1 per cent said that their health is ‘very bad’.

Now we will focus on general health across the English regions and Wales.  We can see that the highest proportion of people reporting ‘very bad’, ‘bad’ or ‘fair’ general health was in the North East at 23 per cent, followed by Wales at 22 per cent. The lowest proportions of people reporting ‘very bad’, ‘bad’ or ‘fair’ general health were in London and the South East at 16 per cent. This is likely to be due to their younger populations. More than three-quarters of people in all English regions and Wales reported that their health was ‘good’ or ‘very good’. 

Now we will look at the local areas with the highest proportion of people who reported that their health was ‘very bad’, ‘bad, or ‘fair’. In Wales, the areas with the highest proportions were Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil and Neath Port Talbot at 27 per cent, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly at 25 per cent. In England, the areas with the highest proportion of people who said that their general health was ‘very bad’, ‘bad’ or ‘fair’ were East Lindsey, Blackpool, Tendring and Bolsover at 26 per cent, and Barnsley at 25 per cent.

Finally we will look at the local areas with the highest proportion of people who said that their general health is ‘good’ or ‘very good’. In Wales, the areas with the greatest proportion of people with ‘good’ or ‘very good’ general health were Cardiff, Flintshire and Gwynedd, all at 81 per cent. These were followed by The Vale of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire at 80 per cent. In England, the areas with the greatest proportion of people with ‘good’ or ‘very good’ general health were Hart, City of London, Richmond upon Thames, and Wokingham, all at 88 per cent. These were followed by Elmbridge at 87 per cent.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. This video accompanies the General Health in England and Wales, 2011 analysis.
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