Assembly examines London’s health pressure

05 March 2014

This meeting took place on 6 March 2014. Read the transcript here.

Can London’s health services cope with future demand on resources?

  • Currently, one in eleven people in London is 65 or older, that figure will increase by 19 per cent by 2020.
  • The number of people with a long-term condition is estimated at 1.5 million.
  • We have the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the country.
  • More than 50 per cent of people in the UK with HIV live in London.
  • London accounts for almost 40 per cent of tuberculosis cases reported nationally.
  • It is estimated that 2.1 million people in London will have experienced mental ill-health during 2013, amounting to £3.3 billion in health and social care costs.

Almost a year ago reforms under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 took effect.

The changes have come at a time when NHS funding is expected to remain flat but demand for healthcare is forecast to grow by four per cent each year. This means that the service is facing a funding gap of £30 billion by 2020.[1]

The London Assembly Health Committee is holding a briefing to determine London’s ability to cope with the provision of current structures within the NHS.

The Committee will question;

  • Dr Anne Rainsberry, Regional Director, NHS England (London)
  • Ann Radmore, Chief Executive, London Ambulance Service
  • Paul Plant, Deputy Director Health Improvement, Public Health England (London)
  • Amanda Coyle, Assistant Director of Health and Communities, GLA
  • Sam Maugher, Chair, City of London Healthwatch
  • Andrew Eyres, Chair, Chief Officers Group Clinical Commissioning Groups

The meeting will take place on Thursday 6th March from 10am in Committee Room 5 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

  1. London – A Call to Action, NHS England (London), November 2013
  2. Dr Onkar Sahota AM, Chair of the Health Committee, is available for interview. See contact details below.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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