Bromley early death rate is one of the lowest in England

PUBLISHED: 11:18 11 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:18 11 June 2013

Bromley has one of the lowest rates of premature deaths in England, according to stats released by Public Health England.

The borough ranked ninth in the country with just 214 early deaths in every 100,000 people.

Based on data collected between 2009 and 2011, the figures show Wokingham to have the lowest premature death rate - with Manchester, Blackpool and Liverpool the three highest.

Speaking to the BBC, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described the data as surprising, and stated that he hopes the results will spur on underperforming areas.

He said: “We’re making data available that’s never been available to the public before. It’s very important because under the reforms the government has given the responsibility of public health to the local authorities.

“What we’re doing is showing how your area compares to other similar areas and there are some big surprises in that data.”

In April, Bromley Council became responsible for encouraging residents to stop smoking, drink less alcohol and face up to other public health problems.

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