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Infant mortality rise in London

26th July 2007

New research has revealed that babies born in deprived households in parts of north London are more likely to die before they reach the age of one.

The London Health Observatory (LHO) found that infant mortality rates in Harrow and Haringey were higher than 7 per 1,000 live births between 2003-5. The LHO report said that better maternity care services targeting these areas would save 41 babies each year and that better maternity data is required from hospital trusts to ensure progress on the issue can be tracked.


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Rob Whittle

Monday 6th August 2007 @ 15:26

This is a garbage report. Deprivation does not cause infant mortality, PM2.5 and other air pollutants/toxics do! Haringey/ St Annes ward is slap bang next to one of the UK's busiest sections of railway at Hornsey rail deport/ Kings Cross line (Diesel/Oil exhausts) and St Annes ward in Haringey is downwind of this.

Lets take an affluent nearby ward in Chingwell Green, above average health care, below average London vehicular traffic, very leafy and less housing density; yet the 2nd highest Infant Mortality from 625 wards in London, 1st is another wealthy area Hillingdon. The likely cause in Chingwell Green is PM2.5/SO2 pollutants from upwind 500,000Tpa incinerator facility at Edmonton. Air Pollution is the reason, not deprivation. Deprived wards might be next to air pollution emitters (historic industrial/transport location), but this does not make deprivation the cause

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