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Poor get ill 15 years earlier than the rich

Issue No. 2303

Elderly People living in the poorest places get ill up to 15 years earlier than those in wealthy areas, a study shows.

The survey of two million patients in Scotland showed poor people were worst affected by long-term physical and mental disorders. It found 42 percent had at least one chronic condition.

The researchers added that more GPs are needed in poorer areas.

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Tue 15 May 2012, 16:57 BST
Issue No. 2303
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