Sadiq Khan has set out his plans to address health inequalities in London and improve the oral health of London’s children in the recently published ‘London Health Inequalities Strategy’. The strategy was subject to a 12 week consultation that received about 2,000 responses, and addresses Public Health England, the NHS, and local authorities, asking them to improve access to dental care. The five main areas that the mayor wants to highlight are healthy children, minds, places, communities and living. In terms of oral health care, Mr Khan believes communities who are currently having problems accessing appropriate care and are in poor oral health must be the starting point.
“Sadiq Khan has set out his plans to address health inequalities in London and improve the oral health of London’s children. “
Russ Ladwa, British Dental Association health and science chair, said, “We’ve made our case to City Hall and welcome the aspirations set out in the Mayor of London’s Inequalities Strategy. Tooth decay is a wholly preventable disease. There is no reason why it remains the number one reason a child in this city will be admitted to hospital. Today a baby born in Harrow is three times more likely to have tooth decay when they enter primary school as one born in Bexley. We will not see progress until we close the capital’s oral health gap. Families across London deserve better when it comes to access, education, and prevention. It is now vital that the Mayor uses his influence to join these ambitions with action.”