Boris on public health

I was at Policy Exchange this morning listening to Boris’ speech on public health. I wonder if it is going to get anything like the amount of exposure in the media that it deserves?

Livingstone’s time in office will be remembered for his throwing huge amounts of money at transport while almost completely ignoring other elements of London governance. Public health is one area of screaming omission.

Issues like HIV, diabetes, childhood obesity and heart disease are important and to hear that London has some of the highest levels of these in the country is saddening, particularly when we are one of the wealthiest cities in the world.

This was a serious speech, there were light moments of course and it wouldn’t be Boris if he didn’t get in a plug for more cycling but it was too important an issue for gags.

Boris proposed serious reform of the London Health Commission, this is one of the policy ideas that he and his team have been working on behind the scenes, it is what an impatient media have been asking for, I wonder if they even bother reporting it?

2 responses to “Boris on public health

  1. James, Perhaps you could notify me whether Boris raised the issue about Freedom Pass. As you may or may not already know, people registered as disabled, and those with physical and mental impairments, are presently protected under Ken Livingstone’s Freedom Pass Rules,however, will Boris also provide this reassurance?Thousands of Londoners are Freedom Pass holders, particularly those registered with physical or mental impairments, thus they should receive this reassurance, surely? Even Brian Paddick, a former Policeman, has been able to provide that reassurance, alongside Ken Livingstone. Why can’t Boris also extend his reassurance, or is he opposed to protecting disabled people’s basic right to travel?THanksMash

  2. James, Perhaps you could notify me whether Boris raised the issue about Freedom Pass. As you may or may not already know, people registered as disabled, and those with physical and mental impairments, are presently protected under Ken Livingstone’s Freedom Pass Rules,however, will Boris also provide this reassurance?Thousands of Londoners are Freedom Pass holders, particularly those registered with physical or mental impairments, thus they should receive this reassurance, surely? Even Brian Paddick, a former Policeman, has been able to provide that reassurance, alongside Ken Livingstone. Why can’t Boris also extend his reassurance, or is he opposed to protecting disabled people’s basic right to travel?THanksMash

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