Retire at 68? Three-quarters of us will be too ill to even work that long...
Report claims nation's health is so poor that bid to raise retirement age could be stopped dead in its tracks
By Sarah Cassidy, Social Affairs Correspondent
Thursday, 11 February 2010
All but the richest Britons are dying early and suffering years of ill health because of "unfair and unjust" inequalities. The richest live seven years longer than the poorest and enjoy an extra 17 years of good health, according to the review led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot of University College London.
Life expectancy for the worst-off has improved by 2.9 years in the last decade, but much more needs to be done if the retirement age is to be raised to 68, warned the report.
Health inequalities are normally associated with the poorest in society, but everyone except those at the top is affected, it concluded.