City of London research: healthcare
Research undertaken to examine City healthcare provision
New research by the City of London Corporation has accurately quantified the number of healthcare providers in the City for the first time, and finds there is a wide range of healthcare services on offer for use by City workers.
The research, carried out by BDRC Continental on behalf of the City of London Corporation, aimed to identify and better understand the current NHS and private healthcare provision in and around the Square Mile. It found that there are a total of 332 healthcare providers, of which 57 are NHS medical service providers. A variety of healthcare services are available from these 332 providers – including travel vaccinations, blood tests, physiotherapy, GP appointments, mental healthcare support and occupational health services, among others.
The report builds on 2012 research jointly commissioned by the City Corporation and NHS North-East London and the City, which showed that the City worker population is generally aged between 20 and 50 and therefore has a health-related advantage to the general population. The 2012 research also found that because very few workers live in the City (the working population is almost 400,000; the residential population around 9,000), many workers struggle to access healthcare provision, which is normally located near to home and can often be closed by the time workers return home.
This new research shows that almost two thirds of City healthcare providers are open beyond the 9am-6pm working day, and two in five can also offer same day or next day appointments. This suggests that healthcare providers are starting to recognise and meet the needs of City workers, by providing services they require at times that fit in around the working day.
However, the report also finds that a continuing perception among City workers is that it is more convenient to use services closer to home than to work, and the majority currently do so. This suggests that Square Mile healthcare providers can do more to raise awareness of their presence and the convenience of their services. The report will also enable the City of London Corporation to continue to support the Square Mile’s 15,000 businesses to meet their employee’s healthcare needs.
Discussing the launch of the research, Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation said: The City of London Corporation cares deeply about the continued health of its workers, and this report helps us take stock of the healthcare provision in our environment – and to identify any potential gaps which we may need to help fill in the future. City workers are generally healthy and well provisioned with health services but we cannot afford to be complacent in such an important area.”
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Bella Longman, Media Officer, City of London Corporation
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About the City of London Corporation
The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles: (1) we support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills projects. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects across London and we also support education with three independent schools, three City Academies, a primary school and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama. (2) We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London. (3) And we also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events, research-driven policies all reflecting a long-term approach. See www.cityoflondon.gov.uk for more details.
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