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East Londoners More Likely To Die Early Than West Londoners

Tuesday 11th June 2013

People who live in East London are far more likely to die early than those living in West London.

London Death Map

The new Longer Lives league table from Public Health England ranks 150 local authorities using a traffic light system, ranging from red for the worst areas to green for the best.

The figures show that those living in Tower Hamlets are 50% more likely to suffer premature death than people in Richmond-upon-Thames.

Five of the top 11 boroughs across the country to live the longest are in London, with Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and Bromley and Kingston-upon-Thames joining Richmond at the top of the list.

Manchester and Blackpool are the worst places to live for life expectancy, but Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham and Hackney are all among the areas with the highest premature death rates.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "This shocking variation in early and unnecessary deaths means peopleís lives are needlessly cut short and that cannot continue unchecked.

"I want areas to use the data released today to identify local public health challenges like smoking, drinking and obesity and to take action to help achieve our ambition for saving 30,000 lives a year by 2020."

Councillor Zoe Patrick, chairwoman of the Local Government Associationís community wellbeing board, warned: "This data must be used with caution.

"Using it out of context to create any sort of national league table dangerously oversimplifies matters and ignores the very complex socio-economic and cultural factors that affect the premature mortality rate."

Rank
BoroughPopulation
Premature deaths per 100,000
2
Richmond upon Thames187,527202.3
7
Harrow240,499209.8
8
Kensington & Chelsea158,251212.5
9
Bromley310,554213.8
11
Kingston upon Thames160,436215.5
16
Barnet357,538220.2
27
Bexley232,774233.9
28
Sutton191,123234.4
29Merton200,543235.5
32
Enfield313,935236.5
40
Redbridge281,395244.3
45
Havering237,927247.2
46
Westminster219,582248.0
51
Hillingdon275,499250.3
52
Brent312,245251.8
58
Croydon364,815258.5
60
Wandsworth307,710259.5
65Camden220,087266.9
69
Ealing339,314270.7
70
Hounslow254,927270.9
73
Waltham Forest259,742272.8
79
Haringey255,540280.1
85
Greenwich255,483291.6
88
Hammersmith & Fulham182,445295.6
106
Lewisham276,938305.4
116
Newham310,460315.6
118
Islington206,285320.5
121
Lambeth304,481321.6
128
Hackney247,182327.4
133
Barking and Dagenham187,029337.2
137Tower Hamlets256,012346.6

The City of Westminster was not included as the population was not high enough for the statistics to be relevant.

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