Mayor announces plan to stop poor health holding South Yorkshire back

21st March 2023

As new analysis shows poor health costs South Yorkshire 14.6m working days a year, South Yorkshire’s Mayor announces plan to tackle poor health outcomes in the region.

Mayor Oliver Coppard is visiting Armthorpe’s Family Hub in Doncaster to mark the launch of South Yorkshire’s Health Strategy.

The Mayor, who is also the Chair of the Integrated Care Partnership, has convened partners from across the region to create the strategy which will tackle health inequalities, access to health and wellbeing care, close the healthy life expectancy gap, and improve the quality of life for people in South Yorkshire’s communities.

There is a particular focus on early years development and giving children the best start in life. Research shows that if a child does not reach key developmental milestones within their first 1001 days, or if they are not ‘school ready’, they are likely to fall into ill health earlier and become unable to reach their full potential.

Figures show that South Yorkshire loses 2.5m more working days a year due to long term sickness compared to the average for England.

WHERE: Armthorpe Family Hub, Mere Ln, Armthorpe, Doncaster DN3 2DG

WHEN: Tuesday 21st March, 9:30-11am. Interviews to take place from 10:30am.


  • 30am- Arrivals (on-street parking is on the side of the road.
  • 9:35am- Brief tour of the hub
  • 9:45-10:30am- Opportunity to chat to children and parents during the play session. Please note children will be preschool age.
  • 10:30-10:50am- Opportunity for interviews
  • 11am- Close


  • Oliver Coppard, South Yorkshire’s Mayor and Chair of the ICP
  • Cat Ross, CEO of Baby Basics
  • Pearse Butler, Chair of NHS South Yorkshire and Vice Chair of the ICP

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