A new analysis of the highest diabetes rates in England has revealed that there is now an area, Brent in London, where over 10 per cent of people aged over 16 have diabetes.
According to the list of the 10 areas in England with the highest rates of the condition, published by Diabetes UK, 10.5 per cent of people in Brent have the condition. It is almost double the rate in the City of London which has England's lowest rate despite being just three miles from Brent.
As well as Brent, the other areas with the highest rates in England are: Newham in London (9.9 per cent); Wolverhampton (9.6 per cent); Harrow in London (9.4 per cent); Sandwell (9.4 per cent); Leicester (9.3 per cent); Redbridge in London (8.7 per cent); and Birmingham (8.7 per cent).
Thousands of campaigners marched from St. Thomas' Hospital to Downing Street this lunchtime to put pressure on the Government about changes to hospitals in the capital. Several have been told they will have units closed or downgraded. Glen Goodman joined the marchers.
The London Assembly's Health and Environment Committee will hear opinions from a range of experts about proposed cuts to accident and emergency units later. Seven hospitals are under threat across the capital.