Health Committee

The Health Committee reviews health and wellbeing issues for Londoners, particularly public health issues. It also keeps a close eye on how well the Mayor’s Health Inequalities Strategy is doing.

Dr Onkar Sahota Health Committee chair introduction.

Current investigations

Child dental health in London

Over a quarter (26%) of 5-year-olds in London suffer from decay, which is higher than the national average (23%). Poor oral health is the number one reason for child admission to hospital in London. The Health Committee is exploring why child dental health is so poor in London and what can be done to improve it.

Find out more here

A social prescription for London

The Mayor has put social prescribing at the heart of his new Health Inequalities Strategy. Social prescribing is a way of doctors putting people in touch with community services and groups that can foster solutions without medication such as walks with dogs or social activities. The Health Committee is investigating the Mayor's plans

Find out more here

Recent work

BAME Organ Donation, 18 March 2019

The Committee publishes a survey on the attitudes of organ donation within the BAME community in London. It found only 1% of those surveyed were on the register despite the BAME community needing organ donors more than their white counterparts.

Read the full survey here


The London Ambulance Service, 11 October 2018

The Committee spoke to chair of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust Board Heather Lawrence, and chief executive of the London Ambulance Service Garrett Emerson about the pressures facing the service.

Watch the webcast here

Recent actions

Read earlier publications


In the news

  • Religious and cultural reasons prevent BAME organ donation - The Independent
  • Ambulances taking people with mental health problems to A&E because of lack of alternatives - Times Series
  • One in ten Londoners would call ambulance if their child's hand got stuck in a jam jar - Evening Standard
  • Quarter of young Londoners would dial 999 if they couldn't see a GP, study shows - Evening Standard
  • Dementia In Your 40s - Life isn't over, it just changes - Huff Post

Health Committee members

Contact the Health Committee

If you have a media enquiry relating to the Health Committee please contact:                

Communications Officer: Lisa Lam, [email protected], 0207 084 2713

If you have a query about this Committee and its work please contact:

Senior Policy Advisor: Vasu Khanna, [email protected], 020 7983 4393

Committee Officer: Lauren Harvey, l[email protected], 020 7983 4383

If you have a query about the Mayor's health policy please call 020 7983 4000. 

Lisa's story - sight loss in London

Committee meetings

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

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