Tower Hamlets is unique in many ways. Home to around 300,000 people, it has a very diverse population and one of the largest Bangladeshi communities in the country. More than 90 different languages are spoken. Tower Hamlets also has one of the fastest growing populations in London, and we expect to see the number of people living in the borough increase by 20 per cent by 2025. In addition, people are living longer, meaning that they need more care and support later in life.
Some of the specific challenges that we face locally are:
- Many people in Tower Hamlets are living with a long term condition and hospital admission rates for heart disease and stroke are above the national average.
- We have the highest child poverty rate in the UK with 39% of children living in poverty.
- Life expectancy in Tower Hamlets remains lower than in the rest of the country.
- Approximately nine percent of babies born in Tower Hamlets have a low birth weight.
- A quarter (25.3%) of children aged 10 to 11-year olds are obese.
- Premature death rates from circulatory disease, cancer and respiratory disease are the second highest in the UK.
Over the last year we have made significant progress working alongside patients, the public, and other local health and social care providers to and to develop high quality services that best meet the needs of our local communities.
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