Women's Health

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:20 pm on 10th June 1988.

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Photo of Mrs Mildred Gordon Mrs Mildred Gordon , Bow and Poplar 1:20 pm, 10th June 1988

My hon. Friend might like to know that in 1986 the key population and vital statistics of local authority and health authority areas showed that women married to men in the manual socio-economic category suffered from three times as much chronic sickness as the wives of men who are classified as professionals. I represent part of Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived areas in the country. It has the highest morbidity rate in London. The morbidity rate is inversely related to socio-economic groups, so I could not agree more with what my hon. Friend has said.