Well being inequalities in London reveal gaps in life expectancy


How long you live may depend on which London Borough you live in.

A man living in the poorest areas of Barking and Dagenham will live to the age of 73, while a man living in the wealthiest areas of Kensington and Chelsea will likely live to the age of 90.

Life expectancy varies by 17 years depending on the London borough.

Statistics released by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities showed the disparity in health inequalities across London.

Experts highlighted health facilities in the poorest areas of London. The life expectancy of a man living in the poorest area of ​​London has fallen from 77.3 in 2014/16 to 75.9 in 2020/21.

Barking and Dagenham is one of the most deprived areas in the country with almost 50% of children living in poverty. Here is the largest social settlement in the country.

Saima Ashraf, deputy leader of the council, said: “I’ve made cuts every year because the government doesn’t fund us. We’re on our knees.” State grants to local authorities were halved between 2010 and 2018, with Barking and Dagenham Council having to make cuts of around £153m.

The cost of living crisis has hit the community hard. “We have been hit hard by Covid and now the cost of living crisis is taking us all the way down. Our residents are hardworking and like everyone else deserve the best. And here we are hit by several disasters.”

According to the King’s Fund, men in the most deprived areas of England live almost 10 years less than those in the least deprived areas, with women living seven years less.

Queen Mary University of London has conducted research into health inequalities in the capital. On average, a woman living in Kensington and Chelsea can expect to be in good health ten years longer than a woman living in Newham. For men living in Hackney, this gap increases to 13 years less in good health than a man living in Richmond.

The Covid pandemic is also having a huge impact on life expectancy. NHS Confederation, Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “This analysis highlights once again the impact the pandemic has had in widening health inequalities across the country and in particular in creating a widening gap in health inequalities for some communities especially those from different ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

“It is of particular concern that it highlights disparities in projected NHS care in some minority ethnic groups, something leaders across the NHS continue to work hard to address.

“Everyone should have equal and quality access to health care and we need a government commitment to address these issues head-on.”

Kieron Boyle, CEO of Impact on Urban Health, said: “If you live in central London, you’re much more likely to breathe dirty air, regardless of your ethnicity. You are much more likely to have multiple long-term medical conditions, even at a young age.”

He added: “So these things interact with each other and it’s that interaction that leads to real differences in how health is distributed. It is not distributed fairly at all and some communities, some city dwellers, experience much worse health outcomes than others. But the point is, it’s completely preventable. There’s a lot we can do about it.”