London faces significant challenges in health and healthcare, many of them unique.
London is a great city and people flock to live here. It is economically and culturally significant to the UK as a whole, and in many respects sets the agenda for global cities around the world.
But great cities only exist because of the people who choose to live there. So London’s greatness relies heavily on the health and wellbeing of its citizens. Against this yardstick, London has made real progress but still faces many challenges.
Good health is vital for the good of society. Individuals’ and communities’ health and wellbeing are closely related to education, transport, housing, employment, crime and the economy. That is why the Mayor has established this Commission – to improve London’s health and wellbeing, its healthcare and its health economy.
The unique opportunity of the London Health Commission is the way in which it brings together the Mayor of London with the NHS, local government and the wider public to address the challenges that London faces.