The areas are among the more deprived in London, and one result is that men in these parts of London are living up to 17 years less than those living in the wealthier boroughs. In the poorest parts of the capital, women outlive men by more than 12 years.
The findings come from research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which goes on to claim that only a handful of health trusts commissions services specifically aimed at men.
Lead author of a European Union report into men’s health Alan White, of Leeds University said that a lack of initiatives for the male population was a real problem. Professor White added: “There is a blindness to the fact that there are men wanting to use the services and they can’t”.
The bureau found that London primary care trusts, the quangos known as PCTs, spent around £2 million more on women in some sectors than on men’s health. Many London councils “did not spend a penny commissioning services aimed specifically at male wellbeing”.
The bureau asked London PCTs what they spent commissioning services outside the National Health Service over the past five years. Westminster PCT spent £423,560 on women’s services – 55% more than on men’s services at £272,478.
Two boroughs with the worst disparities, Hackney and Newham, refused to answer.
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