OUR HEALTH REPORTS
THE FULL SPECTRUM: MAKING LONDON AUTISM FRIENDLY
By Andrew Boff AM, August 2019
Autism is a hugely diverse and complex condition that affects thousands of people across London. It is currently estimated that there are around 88,000 autistic people living in London. A much wider group of people will live with, work with or come into contact with autistic people day in, day out, across London. Given that autism affects so many people in London, it should be vital to strive for an autism friendly city. An autism friendly city should be a place that is not only accessible for autistic people but enables them to lead fulfilling and independent lives. This will not only benefit autistic people and their families and carers, but will also benefit wider society, so that London can become a more inclusive and cohesive environment for those on the autism spectrum.
TIPPING THE SCALES AGAINST CHILDHOOD OBESITY
By Andrew Boff AM, April 2019
We know that childhood obesity is an incredibly important issue, which we should do everything in our power to tackle. Child obesity, like adult obesity, has risen over the years. Comparing today’s figures with those of the 1990s shows a rise in children’s BMI.
However, it is important to note that childhood obesity within the UK is not uniform across all sections of society. There is a concentration of childhood obesity in areas where there are the highest levels of deprivation and a lower level of prevalence in the wealthiest communities. It is clear that childhood obesity is a health inequalities issue and therefore comes under the remit of the Mayor of London as he has a role in reducing health inequalities. The Mayor acknowledges this and has mentioned in his health inequalities strategy that he has an ambition to reduce childhood obesity. For him to be successful in this, there needs to be a systematic grassroots level community programme and a clear focus on the communities that are the most impacted by childhood obesity. A top-down, scattergun approach will not deliver the results that are necessary to reduce childhood obesity in the communities where it is most required.
As this report demonstrates, the evidence and economic case suggest that tackling childhood obesity requires a comprehensive, multi-agency strategy that focuses on reducing risk factors and their unequal impact from pregnancy through the early years.
TIME FOR CARE: REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON LONDON'S ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS
By Shaun Bailey AM, October 2016
This report was inspired by a recent trial at Queen’s Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department, which helped cut waiting times for patients. The trial was so successful, the policy has since been implemented at the hospital on a full time basis.
This report recommends the Mayor promotes the implementation of this trial at hospitals across London and helps address worsening A&E waiting times by improving education around accessing appropriate health services and registration with local GPs.
The issue falls under the Mayor’s remit of addressing health inequalities in London.
NEVER MISS A BEAT: IMPROVING LONDON'S RESPONSE TO CARDIAC ARRESTS
By Shaun Bailey AM, July 2016
Unfortunately, cardiac arrests are not uncommon in London. Last year (2014/15) the London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended 10,211 cardiac arrest incidents.
A significant reason for the relatively low survival rate is the limited window of time available to resuscitate a person once they have suffered a cardiac arrest.
According to the CHT, every minute that passes without the person receiving treatment reduces their chance of survival by approximately 20-23 per cent.
The London Ambulance Service, Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade andformer Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, have undertaken various initiatives to improve public awareness of and access to potentially life-saving Public Access Defibrillators, i.e. Automated External Defibrillators (AED) available for use by members of the public in theevent of a cardiac arrest, along with measures to improve London’s response to cardiac arrests.
However, more can be done to increase the cardiac arrest survival rate in London.
DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW: IMPROVING GP BOOKINGS IN LONDON
By Andrew Boff AM, May 2016
The demand for general practice care has been continually increasing for a number of years – with general practitioners (GPs) now seeing 340 million patients annually across the UK. In London alone, patient consultations have doubled over the last decade.
Working Londoners have fewer choices of and access to GP appointments than London residents who are not employed and who are able to opt for appointment times throughout the working day.
This report seeks to resolve the issue of the inequality experienced by working Londoners who currently have fewer choices open to them when they seek to consult a GP.