Sexual health in London

MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As part of your responsibility for promoting the reduction of health inequalities, what representations have you made regarding Londoners' access to sexual health services in areas where clinics have shut and new online services will not be available until next year?


Answer for Sexual health in London

Answer for Sexual health in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London has made huge strides in promoting good sexual health with the number of new sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in London residents falling by 5% between 2015 and 2016. London is also seeing historic reductions in new HIV diagnoses. We must now sustain this momentum.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 set out local authorities' responsibilities for commissioning open access sexual health services in their area. Decisions about the exact configuration and location of sexual health services are therefore taken by London boroughs to best meet their residents' needs. Boroughs are collaborating through the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme with the aim of responding to increasing demand for services and to meet population needs in London. This includes the phased implementation of the on-line e-service through which testing can be sought. This has been commissioned for London boroughs by the Programme which is expected to commence from January 2018. Ahead of this date, interim arrangements for physical or online service delivery are being put in place locally as needed.

It is essential that all Londoners, and in particular individuals at risk of poor sexual health, have access to services that meet their sexual health needs no matter where they live in the capital.