Child oral health (4)

MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What, if any, plans do you have to work with colleagues in the Healthy London Partnership and other stakeholders in addressing the use of shisha and betel nut in London, given their harmful consequences for oral health particularly among young people?


Child oral health (4)

Child oral health (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Local authorities know their communities and are best placed work with them to address their needs.  Intervention by a wide range of services including public health, environmental health, and trading standards is often required to achieve change.  

I support a coordinated multi-agency approach to prevention and enforcement work including the development of pan-London approaches where appropriate (for example on illegal tobacco).  Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health are working with Healthy London Partnership and others to progress action on tobacco control at a regional and sub-regional level.     

I also support initiatives such as Making Every Contact Count that help NHS and front-line staff (including dentists) talk to people about how to improve their health.   

Answer for Child oral health (4)