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London scales back health inequalities efforts

By Nigel Praities

NHS London is scaling back efforts to tackle health inequalities in the capital, and is concentrating on rolling out polyclinics and improving commissioning.

In a board paper showing the results of a review of NHS London's strategic plan for this financial year. It included health inequalities in a list of schemes that ‘could be deferred to future years or delegated to others without having significant impact'.

The document went on to say NHS London could not take on significant new projects without ‘impacting on our ability to deliver the 20008/09 priorities'.

A spokesperson from NHS London said the results of the review has been misrepresented and stressed health inequalities was still a priority.

‘You could read it that our work on health inequalities is being put back, but what it is actually saying is that some work can be delayed or led by other organisations, in this case the PCTs,' he said.

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