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Health devolution deal signed

A ground-breaking devolution deal that will lead to improvements in health and care in London has been signed by the Mayor of London, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, London Councils and NHS, Public Health and wider health and care leaders.

  • Devolution will bring health and care services closer together
  • The NHS in London will be incentivised to sell unused land and buildings, with money reinvested in health and care, community and public services
  • Surplus land will be available to develop more housing

The landmark agreement gives the Mayor, London Councils and health leaders more control over health and care in the capital, leading to more joined-up services for Londoners. The deal is the largest of its kind in England with over 100 organisations involved in shaping it over the past couple of years.

Localising decision-making to London through devolution will bring many improvements to health and care. It was hailed by Sadiq Khan today as “a really important step in the right direction in our journey to becoming the world’s healthiest city.”

This deal brings health and social care services closer together, meaning that Londoners will experience more joined-up care that better meets their needs. This will help to overcome many of the barriers to health and care organisations working better together - such as around payments, regulation or workforce. Read about what devolution means for London (pdf)

Claire Kober OBECllr Claire Kober, Chair of London Councils, said:

“Today marks a significant step forward for London. Through the work of the devolution pilots, the capital has demonstrated the clear benefits of partnership working at a local level to improve residents’ health.

Devolving power locally, and building a real partnership between local government and the NHS, is the best way to deliver this.”

Read the signed Memorandum of Understanding (pdf)