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.
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 people’s 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 Association’s 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||Borough||Population ||Premature deaths per 100,000 |
|2||Richmond upon Thames||187,527||202.3|
|8||Kensington & Chelsea||158,251||212.5|
|11||Kingston upon Thames||160,436||215.5|
|88||Hammersmith & Fulham||182,445||295.6|
|133||Barking and Dagenham||187,029||337.2|
|137||Tower Hamlets||256,012||346.6 |
The City of Westminster was not included as the population was not high enough for the statistics to be relevant.