#WeNurses - Thursday 29th November 2018 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Discussing the headlines: The north / south divide

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It seems that nursing, nurses and healthcare are always in the news - this is a new type of #WeNurses discussions that delves a little deeper into the headlines and gives you the opportunity to share what you think. 

A recent Guardian article (2018) outlined some interesting research around the "rise in early deaths from accidents, suicide, alcohol misuse, smoking, cancer and drug addiction in the north of England, deepening the north-south divide" The full article can be found HERE but the main points are:

  • Northerners aged 25 - 44 years old are 47% more likely to die from cardiovascular complications, 109% from alcohol misuse and 60% from drug misuse.
  • Between 2014 and 2016, 3,530 more men and 1,881 more women aged between 25 and 44 died in the north than in the south
  • Fatal traffic accidents are more common in the north than the south
  • Suicide among men, especially at ages 30-34, is significantly more common in the north than the south

This #WeNurses discussion aims to explore some of the following questions:

  • What are your thoughts on the new around the north / south divide and that there is a rise in early deaths in the north?
  • Is this news backed up by evidence and research? 
  • What implications does this have for nursing? 
  • What can be done to reduce the north / south divide? 

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