Mayor's Response to London Health Commission Report

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many of the London Health Commission Recommendations will you implement in full?


Answer for Mayor's Response to London Health Commission Report

Answer for Mayor's Response to London Health Commission Report

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Obviously, as you and I have discussed many times before, we do not have statutory powers over healthcare in this body the way that we do over transport, housing, policing or whatever.  That is one of the reasons why we are not taking ‑‑


What we are doing is as a result of the Darzi Report - and I again thank Ara [Lord Ara Darzi, Chair, London Health Commission] very much for what he did and for his analysis - and the aspirations that we have are the right ones for London.  To answer your question, the four areas we are going to be focusing on are kids, improving the health of Londoners, particularly young people, and tackling obesity, which has, interestingly, stabilised but it needs now to go down.  Obesity in young people in London has stopped going up.  Our kids have stopped getting fatter, but they need to start getting thinner.


Number two, we need to do more to promote London’s life sciences sector and here I really pay tribute to the work of Kit [Kit Malthouse AM] in setting up MedCity, which has been a fantastic success.  That is a big priority for us.  It is something that Ara Darzi totally understands and he has been one of the driving forces behind it and we are seeing success now.  You are seeing a real awareness around the world of investors that London is the place.  We will be bigger than Boston in the end.  We are already by far the biggest centre for this stuff in Europe.  We have all the potential.  If you look down Euston Road, you know about all that stuff. 


The third area, of course, that we want to take forward in that report is the NHS estate and the London Land Commission, putting that land forward for development, but also improving hospital services and healthcare services as well. 


Dr Onkar Sahota AM:  Mr Mayor, thank you.  I really am out of time, but I will pick this up with you --


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Thank you.  I would be obliged.