The Mayor of London has released a consultation on his health inequalities strategy.
This strategy outlines the Mayor’s proposed actions to tackle the causes of health inequalities in London. In the document, Better Health for all Londoners, the Mayor sets out five priority areas to address London’s health inequalities:
Healthy Children: ensuring that children have the best start in life by supporting healthy schools programme and the Child Health Digital Hub. A new health programme will support London’s early years settings and be twinned with existing programmes.
The second key theme is Healthy Minds. This will be achieved through a variety of measures which are connected with the other objectives, but includes increasing access to green spaces and encouraging more Londoners to have mental health first aid training as well as reducing stigma and increasing opportunities for those with mental ill health to be able to talk about their issues.
Healthy Places builds on the Mayor’s commitment to improve the air quality of London and to increase access to high quality and healthy streets and open spaces. As many health inequalities are compounded to poor housing, this priority also relates to the Mayor’s housing plans to increase the availability of affordable housing in the capital.
While the Mayor can work with local councils and other bodies to achieve change a key plank of his strategy is to empower Healthy Communities. Better connected communities helping people act on the things that affect their health and breaking down barriers and stigma is the main aim of this priority.
The final aim of the strategy is to help Londoners adopt Healthy Habits. Reducing inequalities caused by a lack of physical activity, poor diet, excessive drinking and smoking is the ambition.
Better Health for all Londoners is available to download from the Greater London authority website, where there is an opportunity to provide direct feedback to the Mayor’s proposed actions.
The deadline for responses to the consultation is 30 November. The Local Dental Committees in London will be responding to the Mayor’s consultation on behalf of their members. If you have any comments or points you would like your LDC to consider when drafting the response please contact us to let us know.
The London Mayor has been looking at inequalities in the capital for some time: