The Health Committee reviews health and wellbeing across London, with a particular focus on public health issues and reviewing progress of the Mayor’s Health Inequalities Strategy.
Mental health inequalties
The Health Committee is investigating mental health inequalties in a series of meetings, focused on different margianlised groups, including LGBT+ people, disabled people and Deaf people and offenders and ex-offenders. Find out more about the investigation into offenders and ex-offenders.
Eye health and preventing sight loss in London
The Health Committee is investigating eye health and preventing sight loss in London. Access to appropriate prevention, diagnostic and treatment support for eye health in London is currently variable and this investigation provides an opportunity to examine how to reduce these inequalities.
Watch previous Committee meetings.
Highlighted the barriers disabled people and Deaf people face when accessing mental health services. Called on the Mayor to support better mental health for disabled people and Deaf people.
Wrote to the Mayor of London about suicide prevention and called for the Mayor to make London a 'zero-suicide' city.
Called for the Mayor of London to support better mental health for LGBT+ people.
Wrote to the Mayor of London about the importance of healthy transport and TfL's role in promoting health in London.
Stressed the importance of HIV prevention in London in a letter to the Mayor of London.
Drew attention to the importance of maternal mental health in a letter to the Mayor of London.
Highlighted differences in end of life care across London in a letter to the Mayor of London.
Raised the profile of tackling TB in London by gaining vast media coverage across the UK.
Feedback and news coverage
What was said
In response to Mental health - disabled people and Deaf people report: Phil Chamberlain, Director of External Engagement at City Lit said:
“Whilst it is worrying to read about the frustration that so many deaf and disabled Londoners face, City Lit welcomes the findings outlined in today's report. It brings a needed spotlight to challenges millions of people face on a regular basis. As a college, we are committed to bringing people together to enrich their lives through learning, and work tirelessly to provide deaf Londoners and those with a disability a world-leading adult education."
In response to our Access to health services for deaf people report: Paul Redfern, Business Development Manager, British Deaf Association, said:
"The report is very powerful. The British Deaf Association recognises and really welcomes this report. We do see this as a large step forward from what we have had before. Without the report we don't have a voice, and without us having a voice, services can't change to adapt to our needs. So far, we have been invisible and this is the start of us now becoming visible."
In the news
"I went to my local alcohol team but they told me they don't work with Deaf people" - Huffington Post UK
Under an umbrella - recognising diversity in LGBT+ mental health - Huffington Post UK
Top doctor issues warning over older mothers 'who are a huge burden on the NHS' - Evening Standard
Mental health matters for mothers and babies - MayorWatch
London Assembly inquiry finds 'huge variation' in end of life care - Marie Curie
Non-English speakers make demand management difficult in London, says RCGP - GP Online
TB in London: in search of 21st century approach - The Pharmaceutical Journal
Return of the Victorian diseases: Scarlet fever, TB, whooping cough, even scurvy. We thought they'd been consigned to history, but now worried doctors are asking why so many are back - Daily Mail
Parts of London have higher TB rates than Iraq or Rwanda - BBC London
London A&E patients hit by winter crisis - Evening Standard
'Desperate need' for more GPs to avoid crisis point – ITV London
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