Research Article

Public health in inner London.

BMJ 1992; 305 doi: (Published 28 November 1992) Cite this as: BMJ 1992;305:1344
  1. B. Jacobson
  1. Department of Public Health, City and Hackney Health Authority, London.


    One of Sir Bernard Tomlinson's aims in his inquiry into London's health services was to advise the secretary of state for health on the future balance of primary and secondary health care "taking account of the health needs of Londoners." Sir Bernard, however, also made it clear that "we have not seen it as part of our remit to carry out a comprehensive needs assessment for the whole of London," but concluded that the extremes of health need found in London were "unparalleled in the rest of England." Dr Jacobson highlights some of the major determinants of health inequality in inner London and assesses the extent to which the proposed solutions are likely to meet these needs.