Health for Wealth: Building a Healthier Northern Powerhouse for UK Productivity

Clare L. Bambra, Luke Munford, Heather Brown, Anna Wilding, Tomos Robinson, Paula Holland, Ben Barr, Harry Hill, Martyn Regan, Nigel Rice, Matthew Sutton

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


There is a well-known productivity gap between the
Northern Powerhouse and the rest of England of £4 perperson-per-hour. There is also a substantial health gap
between the Northern Powerhouse and the rest of England,
with average life expectancy 2 years lower in the North.
Given that both health and productivity are lower in the
Northern Powerhouse, the NHSA commissioned this report
from six of its eight university members (Newcastle,
Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool, Sheeld and York) to
understand the impact of poor health on productivity and to
explore the opportunities for improving UK productivity by
unlocking inclusive, green, regional growth through health
improvement. Our report shows the importance of health
and the NHS for productivity in the Northern Powerhouse.
So, as it develops its post-Brexit industrial strategy, central
government should pay particular attention to the importance of improving health in the Northern Powerhouse as a
route to increased wealth.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNewcastle
PublisherNorthern Health Sciences Alliance
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2018

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