The Northern Health Science Alliance has launched a major new report that connects the North’s poor health with poor productivity for the first time.
The report, commissioned by the NHSA and carried out by six of the North’s leading universities, outlines a new way of tackling the productivity issues in the UK through health. Increasing productivity is a key pillar of the Government’s industrial strategy and this new report has shown that improving health in the North could unlock £13.2 Billion in GVA for the UK from the Northern Powerhouse.
Report lead author Professor Clare Bambra said: “This report demonstrates the connection between poor productivity and higher rates of ill health in the North. If you improve health in the North you will improve its productivity – potentially benefiting the whole of the UK’s economy.
“For the Northern Powerhouse to reach its full potential there needs to be increased investment in place-based public health in local authorities. There needs to be increased NHS funding in the region, spent on prevention services and health science research.
“Work needs to be done to improve labour market participation and job retention among people with a health condition in the region. Poorer health in the North affects the entire country’s economy, a healthier Northern Powerhouse will mean a healthier UK economy.”
Hannah Davies Head of Public and External Affairs for the Northern Health Science Alliance, an alliance of universities, hospitals and AHSNs across the North of England, said:
“We’re missing out on £13.2bn in the North’s economy by not being smart with investment in health.
“Post-Brexit we need to build a stronger, healthier UK economy and the North of England is a key part of this. By improving health we can also make a direct impact on productivity and that is something no government should ignore.”
The report was written by Clare Bambra, Luke Munford, Heather Brown, Anna Wilding, Tomos Robinson, Paula Holland, Ben Barr, Harry Hill, Martyn Regan, Nigel Rice, Matthew Sutton. The universities involved in the report are: Newcastle University, University of Manchester, University of Lancaster, University of York, University of Liverpool and the University of Sheffield.