MANERP wants to ensure that this area is a fit and welcoming place to live and work and to ensure that the health and wellbeing of the residents are paramount. All of the previous areas of influence that MANERP has (i.e. Housing, Licensing, Traffic, Environment and Planning) all have an impact on people’s health and wellbeing.
Medical evidence shows that the mortality rate is high and life expectancy is much lower than the national average. Respiratory problems such as asthma, (particularly in children) are very high.
Depression is also well above the national average and other health indicators flag up with monotonous regularity. Regrettably, the Clinical Commissioning Group still considers the Millfield and New England area as one of Peterborough’s leafy suburbs and therefore do not allocate extra resources to address the health issues that do not seem to bother them.
Consequently, problems that swamp the GP services in the area are quite often bypassed and patients go directly to Accident and Emergency at the City Hospital when they have a problem. This places an unnecessary strain on the Hospital emergency department and adds to the already growing waiting time that the National Health Service is suffering with.
Another major health problem is the growing number of diabetics in the MANERP area. The highest number is undoubtedly those of South Asian heritage. There have been several initiatives to combat this issue but progress is slow for various reasons.
MANERP is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of those who live and work in Millfield and New England.