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Life expectancy on the up in Tower Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 19:00 02 July 2010 | UPDATED: 16:14 05 October 2010

MORTALITY rates in Tower Hamlets are dropping, according to a report published today. The survey by the National Audit Office found that while life expectancy between the rich and the poor in England is widening, the East End is bucking the trend. Towe

MORTALITY rates in Tower Hamlets are dropping, according to a report published today.

The survey by the National Audit Office found that while life expectancy between the rich and the poor in England is widening, the East End is bucking the trend.

Tower Hamlets has been classed as a 'spearhead' borough as health chiefs battle with one of the most deprived populations in the country.

Men have a life expectancy of 75 years, ranking the sixth lowest amongst the 32 authorities in London and women have a life expectancy of 80 years, ranking the fifth lowest in the capital.

But the latest figures reveal that the borough saw a reduction of 23 per cent in its mortality rate between 1995 and 2008 and is set to meet the targets set by the former Labour government.

In 2000, the former government set the target of reducing the difference in life expectancy by 10 per cent between the poorest and richest by 2010.

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