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The Mayor of London has failed to answer questions about his record on tackling health inequalities in North West London. Local London Assembly Member, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, used January’s Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall to question Boris Johnson on a recent report which called for “deeply flawed” changes to NHS West London health services to be “halted immediately”. In his response the Mayor of London dismissed the findings from the Independent Healthcare Commission’s report, after admitting that he had not read the report in full. Dr Sahota said the Mayor’s unwillingness to answer questions “completely fails communities” who are concerned about the future of their local NHS.

Boris fails to address concerns about health inequalities in North West London

The Mayor of London has failed to answer questions about his record on tackling health inequalities in North West London. Local London Assembly Member, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, used January’s... Read more

On the 13th of January I chaired a seminar about healthcare in London organised by Policy Forum for London. The seminar brought together some of the latest thinking about the long-term implications of last year’s NHS Five Year Forward View for the capital. It was a great opportunity to hear from leading figures in the healthcare profession on key issues in relation to London’s wider healthcare needs including the future of mental health services, cancer care and services for the homeless.

Coordination is key to NHS challenges in London

On the 13th of January I chaired a seminar about healthcare in London organised by Policy Forum for London. The seminar brought together some of the latest thinking about the... Read more

I began 2016 by meeting residents of Ickenham Village along with officers from Transport for London to discuss extending the Low Emissions Zone to include the whole village.

Helping local residents fight for clean air

I began 2016 by meeting residents of Ickenham Village along with officers from Transport for London to discuss extending the Low Emissions Zone to include the whole village. Read more

Proposals for a knife amnesty, backed by Local London Assembly Member, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, will be considered by the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, it has been confirmed. Dr Onkar Sahota AM backed calls for a London wide amnesty following a serious rise in stabbings in the capital and an increase in the number of teenagers stabbed to death. Dr Sahota said “we’re one step closer to getting more of these weapons off the streets”.

Met to consider Knife Amnesty proposals backed by Dr Onkar Sahota AM

Proposals for a knife amnesty, backed by Local London Assembly Member, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, will be considered by the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, it has... Read more

Local families who have battled against the closure of Ealing Maternity Services were given fresh hope that there could be a rethink this Christmas. Campaigners had cause to celebrate when a new report from the Independent Healthcare Commission recommended that the decision to close the maternity unit should be reversed with immediate effect. Whilst decision makers have thus far resisted the call to reconsider the closure, it’s clear that the report has shown locals that the battle is not yet over.

We need a rethink on maternity services

Local families who have battled against the closure of Ealing Maternity Services were given fresh hope that there could be a rethink this Christmas. Campaigners had cause to celebrate when... Read more

Under questioning by the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee the Met Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, confirmed that plans to scrap all of the capital’s Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), had been dropped and that the 649 PCSOs posts attached to neighbourhood teams would be “guaranteed" with no PCSOs facing redundancy.

Met bows to pressure and abandons plans to axe all of Ealing’s PCSOs

Under questioning by the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee the Met Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, confirmed that plans to scrap all of the capital’s Police Community Support Officers... Read more

London Assembly Member for Hillingdon, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, visited the Lakeside Energy from Waste plant in Slough earlier this month after it emerged that proposals to expand Heathrow could force the plant to move out of the area.

Dr Onkar Sahota AM visits waste plant threatened by Heathrow expansion

London Assembly Member for Hillingdon, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, visited the Lakeside Energy from Waste plant in Slough earlier this month after it emerged that proposals to expand Heathrow could... Read more

Commenting on GPs in North West London being urged by nearby Hospitals not to refer patients to struggling A&E departments, Labour’s London Assembly Health Spokesperson Dr Onkar Sahota said:

GPs urged not to refer patients to struggling A&Es in West London

Commenting on GPs in North West London being urged by nearby Hospitals not to refer patients to struggling A&E departments, Labour’s London Assembly Health Spokesperson Dr Onkar Sahota said: Read more

North West London A&Es handling the most serious emergency cases have missed waiting time targets every month since the closure of Hammersmith and Central Middlesex Hospitals’ A&E departments a year ago new analysis has revealed. NHS data uncovered by Labour London Assembly Member Dr Onkar Sahota shows that hospital A&E departments in Imperial, North West London, Hillingdon and West Middlesex Hospital Trusts have not once managed to see 95% of their A&E patients within 4 hours since the closure of Hammersmith and Central Middlesex A&Es in September 2014. The analysis comes after the Independent Healthcare Commission, led by Michael Mansfield QC, last week recommended halting further A&E closures in North West London.

West London faces ‘devastating’ A&E winter crisis after closures result in a year of missed waiting time targets

North West London A&Es handling the most serious emergency cases have missed waiting time targets every month since the closure of Hammersmith and Central Middlesex Hospitals’ A&E departments a year... Read more

New data from the London Fire Brigade has revealed that in the first full year after Boris Johnson forced the closure of 10 London fire stations, including withdrawing one engine from Ealing, fire engine response times increased in two thirds of London’s wards. In Ealing 14 wards have seen an increase in response times. The analysis from Onkar Sahota AM, comes as the London Fire Brigade prepares to launch a consultation on proposals to meet £6.4m of cuts demanded by the Mayor. Amongst the proposals are plans to permanently cut 13 further fire engines, but Dr Sahota said “Londoners should be aware that there is an alternative that won’t see their fire engines cut, and that will prioritise their safety.”

Fire engines taking longer to reach life threatening incidents in Ealing since Boris’ station closures

New data from the London Fire Brigade has revealed that in the first full year after Boris Johnson forced the closure of 10 London fire stations, including withdrawing one engine... Read more

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