We analysed all JSNAs to determine whether they had included gendered data and looked at 54 measures in detail. The aim of this was not only to establish the present situation, but also to help local authorities improve their strategy for male health so that local gendered data is easily available and used in JSNAs.

Local authorities in England have a pivotal statutory role in health care for their local areas. Through a JSNA they determine the health issues in the local population and develop a health and wellbeing strategy accordingly.

Men’s health is a key issue in all areas. One in five men die before the age of 65. Male life expectancy varies by local area and so it is vital that local authorities recognise and address the health needs in their local population.

The table below shows the gap in male life expectancy between local authorities in England, illustrating the need for men’s health to be specifically addressed in all JSNAs. 

JSNAs should include local and gender specific data. This means that the data is specific to the local area and has statistics on both men and women

Male Life Expectancy

Best 5 Local Authorities

South Cambridgeshire 83.0
Hart  83.0
East Dorset 82.7
Waverley 82.6
Kensington and Chelsea 82.6


Worst 5 Local Authorities

Hyndburn 76.4
Liverpool 76.2
Burnley 75.6
Manchester 75.5
Blackpool  74.3

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.

Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.

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