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In your answer 2019/20016, you stated that the NHS “can stimulate investment in the local economy, urge its suppliers to pay the London Living Wage and require them to consider their own environmental impact”. Are you satisfied that this is being done?
I was pleased to see the NHS Long Term Plan describe the work the NHS is doing to support wider social goals, including helping shape local communities, taking action on sustainable development and acknowledging its role as an ‘anchor institution’ in local communities.
In London, there are already areas of good practice. For example, Imperial College Healthcare has recently started to pay all catering, portering and cleaning staff the London Living Wage, joining the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital which already does so. Imperial is also exploring its role as an anchor institution, mapping its existing work - such as supported internships for local young people with learning disabilities - and considering further work.
I am keen to see all NHS organisations take action. I will continue to encourage the NHS to realise its full potential to enhance social value across London.