The health and care white paper represents a key opportunity to deliver integrated services with a strengthened role for local authorities and better results for Londoners, according to London Councils.
Cllr Damian White, London Councils’ Executive Member for Health & Care, said:
“The Covid-19 pandemic has proven beyond all doubt the importance of local services such as public health and social care to the wider health care system. These services have been pivotal in London’s response to the virus – including relieving pressure on hospitals – and the close partnership between boroughs and the NHS over the past year provides much to build on.
“We’re pleased to see the government unveiling these proposals, which set out a road map for increased coordination of health and care provision while focusing on tackling inequalities and improving results. Across London, boroughs and our NHS colleagues are already making great strides on collaboration. The white paper has the potential to help these partnerships go further and faster.
“Local government must be an equal partner in this journey of reform. London boroughs look forward to working alongside the government and the health service on the next steps of this agenda. Together we can ensure London’s health and care services deliver the best possible results for Londoners and are fully capable of meeting the capital’s future health and care needs.”