Posts by Greg Ceely

Putting a number on our nation’s health

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The Office for National Statistics has set out to create a data set that allows us to track, understand and measure key themes to give us an overall picture of the nation’s health – just as GDP is used to understand the strength of our nation’s finances. As we publish our experimental statistics up to 2019, Greg Ceely explains the significance of this work and what our data show.

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Developing the Health Index for England

In 2018, Dame Sally Davies, then Chief Medical Officer, called for an official index on England’s health. Her aim was to ensure that “health is recognised and treated as one of our nation’s primary assets…alongside GDP and the Measuring National Well-being programme.” As consultation on the proposed index gets under way, Greg Ceely explains the development work ONS has undertaken so far and what the provisional findings show.

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