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London tops worst health list

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Half of the councils and primary care trusts (PCTs) in the top 10 of a future bad health list are in London.

A new report has identified Tower Hamlets , Southwark , Hackney , Lambeth , Newham and Islington LBCs as facing big challenges meeting their increasing health and wellbeing roles.

The research was conducted by research firm CACI and identifies lifestyle and behaviour likely to pose problems, such as smoking, obesity and bad diet.

Under this criteria half of the PCT population in Tower Hamlets or 50.4% face health problems compared with a national average of 12.2%.

'Act now to counter problems'

“For those authorities looking to plan ahead and agree how to allocate precious resource, the findings may prove vital,” said Ian Thurman, head of location planning at CACI.

“The results allow authorities to act now to counter looming problems in their areas, even if people may seem generally healthy and are not currently presenting themselves at GPs’ surgeries or hospitals."

Population in Future Health Problems category

  • Tower Hamlets PCT 50.4%

  • Southwark PCT 45.7%

  • City & Hackney Teaching PCT 44.1%

  • Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT 41.1%

  • Lambeth PCT 37.3%

  • Nottingham City PCT 36.8%

  • Newham PCT 36.8%

  • Islington PCT 36.5%

  • Hull PCT 33.7%

  • Manchester PCT 30.8%

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