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Are healthcare workers sick of London?

02 February 2016

This meeting took place on 3 February 2016. Read the transcript here.

Is the high cost of living in London driving the health workforce away and what does this mean for patient care?  Are there too many demands on over-stretched services?

London’s health services spend more on agency staff than anywhere else in the country[2]. But there are thousands of vacant posts for nurses and paramedics across the city[3].  As patient demand continues to grow, there are questions about how well London’s health workforce can cope with current and future demand.

The London Assembly Health Committee will tomorrow discuss the challenges of recruiting and retaining London’s doctors, nurses, and paramedics - and ask what the Mayor can do to make sure London attracts and keeps hold of the healthcare staff it needs.


The following guests will be questioned:

  • Prof. Maureen Baker CBE, DM, FRCGP, Chair, Royal College of GPs
  • Sue Tarr, Operational Manager, North Central Sector, North East Sector (covering London area), Royal College of Nursing
  • Cynthia Davis, Council Member & Chair, London Board, Royal College of Nursing
  • Dr Fionna Moore MBE, Chief Executive, London Ambulance Service
  • Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 3 February at 10:00am in Committee Room 3 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers.
  2. Monitor:
  3. More than 10,000 nursing posts unfilled in London, BBC News, January 2016.
  4. Caring for the Capital: Nursing and the RCN in London, June 2015.
  5. Dr Onkar Sahota AM, Chair of the Health Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.
  6. London Assembly Health Committee.
  7. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


For media enquiries, please contact Lisa Lam on 020 7983 4067.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.