Londoners’ health

The London Health Commission has issued a call for a range of public health interventions to improve the health of Londoners. The proposals came as a result of a major investigation into London’s health led by Lord Ari Darzi which found half of all adults in the capital are overweight or obese and that 4,200 deaths each year are directly related to poor air quality.

The calls include making parks smoke free along with public spaces such as Trafalgar Square. Other measures are aimed at tackling obesity, excessive drinking and inactive lifestyles. The report includes a range of findings about health outcomes for Londoners as well as local and city-wide recommendations for action on public health and a major overhaul of GP practices to make them more accessible to all people. On the same day the report was issued, the London Assembly Health Committee has called for devolved health powers to the Greater London Authority (GLA). Chair of the Health Committee, Dr Onkar Sahota said; “We’ve been looking forward to Lord Darzi’s report and will spend some time studying its recommendations. When we launched our Diabetes Report in March this year, we called for more joined-up thinking and co-ordination between the GLA and London Boroughs, to facilitate a consistent and coherent approach to encouraging individuals to make responsible lifestyle choices that will improve their health outcomes.”

Currently the Mayor of London is responsible for looking at ways of improving the health and well-being of Londoners. The Mayor also works to reduce the level of health inequalities in London but is not responsible for any aspect of the National Health Service (NHS).