Face up to reality

MEN'S HEALTH MANIFESTO: Collect and report the data. More measurement and reporting against inequalities to tackle ‘hidden failure’:

Ensure all data at all levels are fully and relevantly gender-disaggregated

  • Fill gaps where data are not collected or where men under-report, such as sexual violation and mental health
  • Inspection bodies (e.g. CQC) to assess outreach & access as well as service delivery by gender – and report by gender
  • Go beyond the difference in life expectancy in local JSNAs – use all available data
  • More council ‘scrutiny’ of local men’s health
  • Track progress and delivery of local public health programmes amongst men and boys.

Why is this important?

A significant proportion of relevant health and lifestyle data is not reported in gendered form.

If data is not published in a gender disaggregated form then local commissioners cannot understand and address men’s poor health in their area.

For example, NHS Health Checks are primarily about reducing heart disease. Men make up 75% of those dying prematurely from heart disease yet in response to an Freedom of Information request only 35% of local authority NHS Health Check providers were able to tell us how many men they are reaching with the programme.

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