London Health Commission (2)

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Recommendation 61from the London Health Commission Report discusses the appointment of a Health Commissioner and combining Public Health England (London) and the GLA Health Team with a 'significant' budget from the Public Health England. What would you consider to be a significant budget?


Answer for London Health Commission (2)

Answer for London Health Commission (2)

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.