Letter from David Regan, director, Manchester Joint Health Unit

Congratulations on the excellent HSJHealth Inequalities supplement of 23 November, 2006. However, there is an important omission from the chart on page 5 headed 'Men: % point change in gap life expectancy at birth between Spearhead Group areas and England, 1995-97 to 2002-04'.

Manchester is missing. The figure is -0.4.9 per cent should be on the chart between Warrington and Preston as one of the local authorities that has reduced the gap by more than the required trajectory.

It is not often we are able to report relatively good news in health outcome terms in Manchester so recognition of this mistake would be very much appreciated.

David Regan, Director, Manchester Joint Health Unit

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