Liverpool city figures pledge to tackle health inequality

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The commission is at the heart of the 'Health is Wealth' initiative, led by the University of Liverpool, which aims to address the growing disparity between the Liverpool city region's fast-growing economy and the long-term poor health of its population which sees people in the area live seven years less than those in the south of England. The project is backed by universities, local authorities, Primary Care Trusts, the NHS, economic development agencies and education and business interests.

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University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor, Professor Drummond Bone, said: "This initiative is a real opportunity to make a tangible difference to the lives of many people in the region. I'm incredibly impressed with the outstanding calibre of individuals who have agreed to give their time to this worthwhile project."

Members of the commission have been drawn from within the region and from outside and include:

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