Buckinghamshire has been named in the top ten healthiest places in England according to the first official national health index.

The scores, collected by the Office for National Statistics and financial services company Lane Clark & Peacock were found by combining different health factors in every area such as dementia, cancer, alcohol misuse and adult obesity.

Coming in at seventh Bucks picked up a score of 105, five less then healthiest place Wokingham and 19 more than unhealthiest place Blackpool.

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Other areas in the South such as West Berkshire, Surrey, Bracknell Forest, Rutland, Kingston upon Thames and Hampshire also were in the ten healthiest places in the country.

It is thought to be the first composite health index in the world after ministers asked statisticians to assess the health of the nation in a bid to measure the effects of government policy on health.

Mr Pearson-Stuttard, head of health analytics at LCP, belives that the pandemic could have caused the worsening mental and physical health morbidity.

He told The Sunday Times: "The numbers reveal clear and substantial differences across England and should be a wake-up call to the government to deliver on its manifesto pledge to level up regional inequalities.

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"While there is some encouragement to be had from slight improvements in measures related to wellbeing and mortality, these have been cancelled out by worsening mental and physical health morbidity.

"These may have deteriorated further as a result of Covid-19."

To view the health index visit here.