The UK Faculty of Public Health is delighted to announce the award of Honorary Fellowship to Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Honorary Fellowship is the highest category of FPH membership and is awarded to those who have made exceptional contributions towards improving the health of the public and/or improving the practice of public health.
Mayor Khan is receiving his award in recognition of his leadership in tackling poor air quality in order to improve health inequality in London. Mayor Khan has called air pollution “the biggest public health emergency of a generation.”
As Mayor, he has implemented the Hopper fare for unlimited bus and tram journeys for an hour, increased the cost and the area covered by the London congestion charge, and introduced new charges for older and more polluting vehicles driving in the city. He has been praised for making London's transport more accessible and reducing the number of polluting vehicles in central London.
Through his leadership, London has advanced approaches on Health Inequalities, the London Health and Care Vision, The London Health Board, and the Mayor’s Six Tests for Health and Care Transformation.
Professor Kevin Fenton, President of the Faculty of Public Health:
“Political leadership for public health is a critical component for improving the health of the population and tackling health inequalities. Mayor Khan has shown his willingness to take on major challenges for London to improve the health, wellbeing and economic productivity of all Londoners. The Faculty of Public Health are pleased to be able to recognise his leadership and impact. “
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am honoured to receive this recognition from the Faculty of Public Health on behalf of all those who have worked so hard in London to improve air quality, save lives and reduce health inequality.
“With around 4,000 people in the capital dying prematurely each year from toxic air pollution we simply don’t have time to waste. As Mayor, I have made it my mission to create a better, greener, and cleaner London for all and will continue to do all I can to protect and improve the health of all Londoners.”