Lynne Featherstone, Lib Dem MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, has uncovered a sharp increase in alcohol-related deaths in Haringey. They have risen by a third in just one year according to the latest official figures available.
This shocking statistic puts Haringey firmly in the worst five London Boroughs for the largest increases, and well above the average increase of 2%.
Lynne Featherstone MP comments:
“These are extremely disturbing figures and beg the question whether Haringey Council and our local health trust are doing enough. I will be urgently contacting the Council and local trust leaders for their take on the issue and for their plan of action.
“These stark facts mean that we must redouble our efforts against more health cuts and possible cuts in grants to voluntary organisations from the council.These are front line services that can make a difference and act to prevent these tragic and unnecessary deaths.”
Note: the number of deaths in Haringey increased from 25 to 33 between 2004 and 2005, an increase of 32%. For full London figures see the Parliamentary Question asked by Lynne Featherstone.