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DOCTORS in Portsmouth support a national pledge to reduce the gap in life expectancy – in the week of the NHS’ 65th anniversary.

There is national concern that men in affluent areas live on average 11 years longer than those in the more deprived parts of the country.

The figure is 10 years for women.

The 11-year figure for men is mirrored in Portsmouth.

NHS England has said it wants to use the 65th anniversary of the NHS to address this issue.

Dr Tim Wilkinson, chairman of the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ‘The move by NHS England to re-affirm its commitment to reduce the gap in life expectancy is a very timely one for us.

‘At our stakeholder event, we looked at five key issues and how we might be able to make a difference – access to services and screening, mental health, alcohol/substance misuse, older men and younger men.’