The contrast is remarkable in anyone's eyes. For socialists, it is a powerful argument for taking lots of money from the people in the West and giving it to the people in the East. In fact, they've just spent thirteen years doing just this, and the result is that ..... all the inequalities have got worse.
But read the National Audit Office Report in detail. All the areas in the country with the worst all-age all-cause mortality rates, and with the worst life expectancy at birth rates, are areas with high immigrant populations, and particularly with high first generation immigrant populations. Strip out all those not born in the UK from all-age all-cause mortality rates and they dramatically equalise - not wholly, but significantly. And look in detail at infant mortality rates, for these too are distorted, with infants born to recent immigrants being more likely to die than those born to the established population. The situation suddenly stops looking like one due largely to income inequality and starts looking like one due largely to immigration status.
London's East End is the insanitary melting-pot for new arrivals that it always has been. Peasants from rural Pakistan, Somalia and Bangladesh crowd over-populated housing, bringing with them long-term chronic health problems, parasitic infestations and all the health risks that living crowded together in tiny council flats bring. In fact, as the NAO study reveals, 44% of the UK's immigrants live in the handful of spearhead local authority areas with the worst stats.
And this of course explains why all the cash thrown by Labour at the problem had absolutely no effect whatsoever - for at the same time, they were holding the immigration door wide open, and a flood of poor and very unhealthy people from the world's most primitive nations just swamped the health services in the target areas.
Which is why of course the BBC is spinning the report to demonstrate that if only we all stopped smoking, lost weight and gave up red wine this health inequality gap will disappear. Go figure.