Harrow has wide contrast in health outcomes

A health assessment of Harrow Borough has reported large differences in life expectancy and deprivation.

Women living in Pinner South are expected to live more than ten years longer than women in Wealdstone, and men in West Harrow have a life expectancy five-and-a-half years greater than those from Greenhill ward, the analysis, reported in the Harrow Times, has shown.

The figures, from the Annual Public Health Report 2009/10, show pockets of Wealdstone, South Harrow, and Queensbury are among some of the most deprived areas in the country. Parts of Harrow-on-the-Hill and Pinner have very low levels of deprivation.

The report, put together by Andrew Howe, director of public health at NHS Harrow, says there are stark health and social inequalities, and labels Harrow as a borough of contrasts as a result. He told the Times there is a clear correlation between high levels of deprivation and high levels of crime, and low life expectancy also fits the same pattern.

 

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