MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


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?


Answer for HIV/AIDS

Answer for HIV/AIDS

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The GLA act gives the Mayor no formal remit for health care provision. The Mayor's office and the GLA are working in partnership with the NHS Executive London Office to improve the health of Londoners. I know that the Director of Public Health for London, who is also my health adviser, is very aware of the importance of HIV/AIDs and I will use the opportunity of meetings with her to ensure that the problem of HIV/AIDs is not ignored in London and specifically to raise issues around equality of provision of services to all affected communities. I will encourage the NHS to continue to fund preventive work as well as treatments which are effective. I understand that a London wide strategy for HIV is being developed led by Camden & Islington Health Authority with involvement of other health and local authorities, the voluntary sector and people with HIV. This will cover effective preventive and treatment programmes.