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KEN CAN MAKE LONDON HEALTHY, SAYS FUND

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London mayor Ken Livingstone has an 'unprecedented opportunity' to reduce the health gap between rich and poor, acc...
London mayor Ken Livingstone has an 'unprecedented opportunity' to reduce the health gap between rich and poor, according to the King's Fund health charity.

A report shows how mayors in other international cities have benefited health by building cross-sector partnerships and prioritising the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable.

King's Fund public health director Anna Coote said: 'A mayor does not need formal powers to make an impact on health. What counts is whether the mayor sees health as an issue with voter appeal and wants to make it a priority.'

Ms Coote called on the mayor to adopt a health strategy for London and to ensure the Greater London Authority's strategies are designed to reduce health inequalities.

- Improving London's health: the role of the Greater London Authority is published by the King's Fund, tel: 020 7307 2591
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