London HIV services

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-11-21
Session date: 
November 21, 2012
Reference: 
2012/3540
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What is your assessment, noting the duty upon you to have regard to health inequalities in London, of the NHS re-organisation on pan-London HIV services and prevention, which disproportionately serve gay and bisexual men and African communities?

Answer

Answer for London HIV services

Answer for London HIV services

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you know, I do not have a delivery role for NHS services in the capital including for HIV. However, I welcome the re-organisation's emphasis on devolving powers more locally, and the opportunity this presents for collective working on HIV and other health inequalities concerns in London.

My officers are engaged in ongoing discussions via the London Sexual Health Board and with other partners to consider this issue in detail and support relevant organisations during the transition.

I will continue to work with my HIV Ambassador, Annie Lennox, to raise awareness about HIV and the importance of knowing your HIV status. For example, on 19 November Annie hosted a reception at City Hall to raise awareness of HIV on the occasion of World AIDS Day. I am also convening experts for an HIV prevention roundtable early in 2013 to ensure effective approaches for supporting people with HIV are not lost during the transition of the Health Services in London.