1.2. Tower Hamlets
Another East London Area that is appropriate to use for comparison with Newham is The London Borough of Tower Hamlets. According to the National Statistics data (www.statistics.gov.uk), the population of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets consisted of 235 000 citizens in 2009.
This area is also characterized by one of the highest ethnic minority populations in the capital, and according to 2001 Census many of the minority ethnic citizens are of Bangladeshis. Along with Newham, it is also considered as one of the London’s most deprived areas, therefore the health problems of the population of the present borough are very similar to the health problems that are being experienced by the inhabitants of Newham.
2. The health status of the people
The London Borough of Newham is considered a derived area where the poverty level is higher than average and consequently the life expectancy of both genders is lower than average indicator. (Newham, health profile 2011, NHS) This study indicates that: “life expectancy is 5.3 years lower for men and 4.8 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Newham than in the least deprived areas”.
General conclusion regarding the health of the local population could be made, that the health indicators are mixed in comparison to the England average. Fortunately it is seen from the statistical data that the early death rates which were caused by cancer and heart problems have fallen, but the indicator is still worse than the average rates.
Another important aspect is definitely the health situation of the young people who live on Newham. This group of population shows the seriously negative trends of high level of teenage pregnancy, smoking, alcohol and drugs related health issues which are substantially worse than average English indicators.
Health summary for the London borough of Newham demonstrates the comparison of health of people living in Newham with the average indicators for England: (more…)