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London's council leaders have welcomed the development of a London health strategy. ...
London's council leaders have welcomed the development of a London health strategy.

The proposed strategy sets out an holistic agenda for London-wide activity to improve the health of Londoners and to build on health improvements already being undertaken locally. It will set a basis for future partnership working and identify key health issues for the capital including:

- the importance of reducing health inequality

- working with local communities

- ensuring access to health

- supporting regeneration, education and employment

- securing improvements in housing

- promoting the health of vulnerable groups

- promoting healthier lifestyles

'The emphasis that the London health strategy is giving to local activity is particularly valuable in tackling health inequality. It is the key to changing individual behaviour, promoting health within regeneration schemes and developing better service delivery in disadvantaged communities,' said Association of London Government chair Toby Harris.

'It is important for all London boroughs to forge partnerships with NHS health authorities, trusts and general practitioners to improve community services and to feed into the Strategy by identifying priorities and specific actions that can be taken at a local level,' added Cllr Harris.

The London health strategy is being developed by a steering group involving the ALG, the London NHS executive, the social services inspectorate and a wide range of other statutory and voluntary agencies in the capital.

An outline strategy is expected in summer 2000.

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