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Infant mortality over time

Key points

  • There has been a substantial fall in infant mortality rates in London - as there has been across England and Wales.
  • In 2013 London had an infant mortality rate of 3.6 per 1,000 live births compared to 5.4 a decade earlier.

Infant mortality over time

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What does this graph show?

The fall in infant mortality has been as marked in London as it has in the rest of the country. From 18 per 1,000 live births in 1970, the rate fell to 12 in 1980, 8 in 1990, 4.5 in 2000 and now stands at 3.6 in London and 3.8 in England and Wales. In 2013 there were 466 infant deaths in London.

Although the falls in the 70s and 80s were bigger, the rate is still coming down. Clearly there is not as far to fall now so the decrease is lower in absolute terms. But the rate today is around two thirds of the rate a decade ago. The rate in 1980 was also two thirds of the rate a decade earlier.

Borough data on infant mortality and stillbirths is available from Public Health England.

Data used

ONS, Infant Death Registrations

Indicator last updated: 23 March 2016