ABIL responds to Mayor’s consultation on the draft London Health Inequalities Strategy
The London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, launched a consultation in the Autumn of 2017 on the London Health Inequalities Strategy https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/health/have-your-say-better-health-all-londoners. You can download the draft strategy document at https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/draft_health_inequalities_strategy_2017.pdf. Among the many responses, there were more than 200 from community and other groups, including ABIL and Headway UK.
The final Health Inequalities Strategy will be published later this year
In its response ABIL drew attention to a number of important matters, including:
- the widespread nature of ABI, its cost to society and for there to be appropriate access to brain injury services in much the same way as for mental health services;
- for the resources allocated to treatment of ABI to be comparable to those allocated to other major health conditions;
- the high prevalence of brain injury among young offenders in custody;
- The evidence of links between homelessness and acquired brain injury, and the need for greater support for homeless people who have sustained a brain injury;
- for the provision of specialist community rehabilitation services for ABI to be included in the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) for all London CCGs;
- the need to support charities such as Headway which directly support ABI survivors on a long term basis;
- the need to put in place further measures for prevention of TBI; and
- the need for London to play its part in addressing the public health challenge of TBI (see http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/laneur/PIIS1474-4422(17)30371-X.pdf), which should include increasing awareness of the scale of the challenge, and supporting long-term investment in TBI research, with effective translation of progress in basic and clinical research into clinical practice and public health policy.
The ABIL response can be downloaded HERE → ABIL response to draft London Health Inequalities Strategy final