Health Inequalities

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor ensure that the needs of blind and partially sighted Londoners are taken into account when developing your Health Inequalities Strategy?


Answer for Health Inequalities

Answer for Health Inequalities

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My health staff are actively seeking to identify and consider the needs of a wide range of diverse groups in developing the Health Inequalities Strategy. The identification of key issues and options for the strategy is being guided by consideration of published evidence including, for example, the RNIB briefings you previously brought to our attention. In addition, we sent out a Call for Evidence to community and voluntary sector partners and are pleased to have received over 80 responses, including a comprehensive joint submission from Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Royal National Institute of the Blind and the London Visual Impairment Forum. The evidence and community information is being used to help identify priorities for the draft strategy. Over the summer my staff will engage a wide range of stakeholders in discussions about the best policy options to tackle the inequalities experienced by a range of excluded groups.