Health of Londoners

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A recent report looking at smoking, disease rates and dietary habits has identified some London Boroughs as amongst the unhealthiest places to live. What preventative measures can the Mayor take in order to improve the health of Londoners?


Answer for Health of Londoners

Answer for Health of Londoners

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Assuming you are referring to the recent Time Out report, the comparisons made were within London, rather than between London and the rest of the country, and identified the boroughs with the best and worst performance against a number of specific measures related to health. I welcome reports such as this that raise awareness of the wide range of influences on health and get people thinking about what more can be done to raise performance in those areas doing less well. Action on many of the issues reported by Time Out is led by local partnerships, but many of my strategies support and encourage preventative action at both regional and local levels. For example, much is being done to create conditions that enable Londoners to make healthier lifestyle choices ' with safer communities and public amenities and better access to open space, walking and cycling, and healthy food. In addition, my Health Programme has an ongoing focus on partnership work to promote mental health, reduce alcohol- and drug-related harm and the programme now includes an increased focus on sexual health. We will also continue to work with health and community partners to promote Londoners' access to accurate, helpful information and advice about measures individuals can take to enhance their own well-being, such as stopping smoking.