In 1999, more people were diagnosed HIV+ than in any year since 1985. During the same period, the funding and resourcing of support centres was drastically cut by both Government, Health Authorities and local authorities, leading to the closure of many established centres across London. The government also failed to promote any nation-wide preventive campaign.
The funding that was available was not confirmed or distributed until October of 1999, 6 months late, causing deep anxiety and financial pressure in voluntary organisations.
Which of the Mayor's policies will be applied to ensure that the pandemic is not ignored in London; that locally based voluntary support organisations will continue to be funded; that preventive education will be either sustained or reintroduced; that the impact of HIV/AIDS across London's diverse communities is both appreciated and understood?
What pressure will the Mayor place upon the Government to ensure that, after three years in office, it lives up to its "equality" promises, and works with the Mayor and the people of London to reverse both the current infection rate trends and the reduction in services?