Saturday, October 31, 2009

Playing post code Russian Roulette with life expectancy in North Belfast

I referred to Malachi O’Doherty’s challenging blog post and podcast during this week’s Blogtalk NI.

Along with other diverging statistics, in North Belfast life expectancy differs by a massive fifteen years between Ardoyne and Fortwilliam.

Malachi asks why this is? He also questions why politicians find it hard to get excited about this reality? Why we can always explain away individual deaths with a good reason, and fail to talk about the annual trend of 5,000 “early” deaths? And he asks why we don’t just build high rise flats in Fortwilliam to solve the problem ...

Well worth listening to the podcast linked to from his blog post.

No comments: