28 Sep 2012

Glasgow Shettleston’s MSP, John Mason, has welcomed news that life expectancy in his constituency is increasing.  Statistics revealed in a recent parliamentary question, lodged by Mr Mason, show that the average male and female life expectancy in Glasgow Shettleston is beginning to increase.

John Mason, SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, commented:

“After years of the East End getting a bad name for its poor life expectancy, these statistics are encouraging and things seem to be moving in the right direction.

“Governments of various colours have tried to improve health and life expectancy in the East End, but clearly it takes a long time to turn things around.  Actions like the introduction of the smoking ban, healthier food in schools, and encouragement to breast feed have undoubtedly helped.  I would hope that attempts to tackle ultra-cheap alcohol will make a difference in the future too.  However, we cannot be complacent.  Much as these figures may pull Shettleston off of the bottom of the league tables, it’s still important to keep working.

“With the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow in 2014, we have a remarkable opportunity to engage in more sporting activities, cut back on the excesses of smoking and alcohol and continue this good work”.