Impact of closing A&E departments

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-11-21
Session date: 
November 21, 2012
Reference: 
2012/3727
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You have regularly sought to avoid commenting on the provision of health services in London, citing your lack of responsibility for their delivery, but as Mayor of London you do have a responsibility for promoting the reduction of health inequalities between persons living in Greater London and the current proposed restructures will affect large numbers of Londoners, many of whom live in already disadvantaged areas of your city.

Over and above any assurances given by the proponents of the current proposed changes, have you undertaken any assessment of the impact of the changes on the different groups of Londoners you were elected to support?

Answer

Answer for Impact of closing A&E departments

Answer for Impact of closing A&E departments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you will be aware, all public sector bodies have to give due regard to the 'public sector equality duty' which arises from the Equality Act 2010 as part of their decision-making. I have sought assurances that equalities issues have been fully considered by the NHS organisations concerned.

In north-west London the 'Shaping a Healthier Future' programme published a strategic review of inequalities impacts in June 2012 which is available online at: http://www.healthiernorthwestlondon.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents.... In south-east London the Trust Special Administrator has commissioned an independent health and equalities impact assessment on his draft report, the findings of which will contribute to the final report.