NHS in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2241
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given that the Mayor has a responsibility for promoting the reduction of health inequalities between persons living in Greater London and given reports on the increasing pressure on the NHS in London with A&Es struggling to cope, staff shortages and with recent reports that operating theatres in Charing Cross have been used as makeshift wards, will the Mayor tell the Secretary of State for Health to increase rather than cut funds and services within the NHS in London?

Answer

Answer for NHS in London

Answer for NHS in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have sought (and will continue to seek) assurances from NHS England (London) that any decisions about changes to NHS services in London will not increase health inequalities and will not disproportionately disadvantage London's vulnerable communities.

I have also asked for assurances that such proposals are clinically led, take into account the views of the public, consider the impact on travel times via public transport and blue light/ambulance journeys and ensure that there is sufficient capacity in new hospital structures to meet Londoners' needs both now and in the future.

In May 2013 I chaired the first meeting of the London Health Board. At that meeting the Board agreed the importance of making the case for the health resources that the city needs, and work has commenced on this.