Health Committee

The Health Committee reviews health and wellbeing across London, with a particular focus on public health issues and reviewing progress of the Mayor’s Health Inequalities Strategy.

Current investigations

Mental health inequalties
The Health Committee is investigating mental health inequalties in a series of meetings, focused on different margianlised groups, including LGBT people and disabled and Deaf people. Find out more.

Recent work

Watch previous Committee meetings.

Wrote to the Mayor of London about suicide prevention and called for the Mayor to make London a 'zero-suicide' city.

Called for the Mayor of London to support better mental health for LGBT+ people.

Wrote to the Mayor of London about the importance of healthy transport and TfL's role in promoting health in London.

Stressed the importance of HIV prevention in London in a letter to the Mayor of London.

Drew attention to the importance of maternal mental health in a letter to the Mayor of London.

Highlighted differences in end of life care across London in a letter to the Mayor of London.

Raised the profile of tackling TB in London by gaining vast media coverage across the UK. 

Explored the problem Londoners have in getting access to a GP – calling for more doctors, better surgeries and more motivated staff.

Highlighted the importance of early action to prevent mental ill health, especially amongst young Londoners and those from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background.

Drew attention to the difficulties deaf people face when accessing health services and held two successful events at City Hall engaging with deaf people.

Read earlier publications

Executive summary of report

Executive Summary in British Sign Language, 'Access to health services for deaf people' report

Committee meetings

Browse meetings and agendas for this committee and check out further information relating to the committee, including terms of reference.

Feedback and news coverage

What was said

In response to our Access to health services for deaf people report:  Paul Redfern, Business Development Manager, British Deaf Association, said:

"The report is very powerful. The British Deaf Association recognises and really welcomes this report. We do see this as a large step forward from what we have had before.  Without the report we don't have a voice, and without us having a voice, services can't change to adapt to our needs. So far, we have been invisible and this is the start of us now becoming visible."

In the news

Under an umbrella - recognising diversity in LGBT+ mental health - Huffington Post UK

Top doctor issues warning over older mothers 'who are a huge burden on the NHS' - Evening Standard

Mental health matters for mothers and babies - MayorWatch

London Assembly inquiry finds 'huge variation' in end of life care - Marie Curie

Non-English speakers make demand management difficult in London, says RCGP - GP Online

TB in London: in search of 21st century approach - The Pharmaceutical Journal

Return of the Victorian diseases: Scarlet fever, TB, whooping cough, even scurvy. We thought they'd been consigned to history, but now worried doctors are asking why so many are back - Daily Mail

Parts of London have higher TB rates than Iraq or Rwanda - BBC London 

London A&E patients hit by winter crisis - Evening Standard

'Desperate need' for more GPs to avoid crisis point – ITV London

Committee members