London Health Commission

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Of the recommendations Lord Darzi has presented to you, which do you feel are the most critical in improving the health of Londoners and how do intend to take forward these recommendations?



Answer for London Health Commission

Answer for London Health Commission

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I would like to thanks Lord Ara Darzi for his excellent report. There is a lot I welcome in it, such as his recommendations for:

       a patient-led approach;

       greater transparency;

       efficiencies and use of technology; 

       recognising the importance of GPs;

       tackling obesity though healthy choices; and

       mental health work.

I am currently considering the 64 detailed recommendations and am preparing my response. There are a wide variety of people who I want to consult with and involve, including teams inside the GLA, London Councils and the London Health Board. Jeff Jacobs is leading this work and I expect to respond in full in January 2015.

The area where I think we will make the biggest difference in the longer term is public health, getting people active and making healthy choices easier. There is a terrific amount already happening at City Hall and at a local level being led by the boroughs.