Impact of Health and Social Care Bill on Health Inequalities

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1737
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

I have been told of the experience of a health project which tackles Hepatitis C at a London hospital. They planned to expand their service, but due to the short term contract they have been awarded say their longer term plans have been met with scepticism by the NHS premises department. In the face of this increased uncertainty are you concerned that the changes to the NHS following the Health and Social Bill will lead to a short term approach to tackling health inequalities in London?

Answer

Answer for Impact of Health and Social Care Bill on Health Inequalities

Answer for Impact of Health and Social Care Bill on Health Inequalities

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor I am very aware that this is a time of substantial change across the health landscape with the introduction of a range of new bodies including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards, NHS England, Public Health England, HealthWatch and the transfer of many public health responsibilities to local authorities.

While it will take time for new structures to become firmly established, I believe they offer a real opportunity for a more clinically-led, patient-empowered and democratically accountable health and social care system.

I look forward to working closely with these new organisations on the delivery of my Health Inequalities Strategy and my other health-related programmes.