Responding to today’s announcement that health devolution plans will be trialled in London, Labour’s London Assembly Health Spokesperson, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said:
"With London's health challenges unique and inequalities stark, we of course welcome any powers which allow the capital to deliver the tailored services Londoners truly need. Today is a start.
“London has suffered with a vacuum of strategic leadership and fragmentation of health services. Londoners deserve a world class health service, but that relies on having the powers and funding to take the decisions best suited to the people that live here.
“For seven years Boris has watched the challenges facing London's health services grow legs. Our A&E departments can't cope, nor can our ambulances services, and healthcare professionals are choosing to leave in their droves. The decision to give Londoners a greater say over their care is exactly what we've been calling for, but it's a little late in the day for a service that's already at crisis point."