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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- Published findings of survey on attitudes towards organ donation in London's BAME communities - 18 March 2019
- Secured an agreement with London Ambulance Service to scrutinise its work - 11 October 2018
- Published findings of an exclusive new survey that showed younger Londoners over-rely on ambulances - 19 September 2018
- Launched an investigation into the ambulance service
- Published Healthy First Steps about the importance of getting the first two years of a child's life right.
- Wrote to the Mayor about the closures of sexual health clinics.
- Investigated young-onset dementia in London - May 2018
- Published a report on what healthy work looks like - 15 March 2018
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
Contact the Health Committee
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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]on.gov.uk, 020 7983 4393
If you have a query about the Mayor's health policy please call 020 7983 4000.