United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. People in the United Kingdom are living longer. Women continue to have a higher life expectancy than men: 80.5 years and 75.8 years, respectively. By 2030, about 1 in 5 people in the United Kingdom will be aged 65 or over. British people can expect to have more years of unhealthy life than people in most other Eur-A countries.

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Strengthening the voice of nursing in policy-making

Nursing’s role has received limited recognition to date, though its visibility is beginning to grow through research studies at scale supported by such bodies as the European Union (EU). Evidence is only part of the answer; the historic subordination of nursing to medicine in a number of EU countries remains an issue. The absence of the nursing voice in policy design and delivery is a consequence of this historic trend and something that is being challenged by better-educated nurses insisting on playing a part in decision-making.

WHO/Europe offices

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, LSE
London School of Economics and Political Science
Cowdray House (Room J404)
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, LSHTM
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
15-17 Tavistock Place
London WC1H 9SH

Ministry of health

Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London SW1A 2NS
Tel.: +44 20 7210 5155
Fax: +44 20 7210 5410

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Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2010)

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