Early death rates in London

MQT on 2013-09-11
Session date: 
September 11, 2013
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I was shocked to see the number and disparity between early death rates in London. How do you think this disparity has come about and what will you do to address this problem? What changes do you intend to make by this time next year?


Answer for Early death rates in London

Answer for Early death rates in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor These figures have been compiled by Public Health England.

London has significant challenges with heart disease and stroke, cancer, lung disease and liver disease. A person's likelihood of dying early varies widely between boroughs due to differences in risk factors such as being overweight, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, and these are closely linked to economic deprivation.

London boroughs will be working through local Health and Well-Being Boards to develop effective plans to address this picture of Londoners' early death rates and I will support them in key areas where I am best placed to help.

I shall be refreshing the delivery plan for the London Health Inequalities Strategy. As the new London Health Board develops and starts addressing key challenges for London it will also support effective action.