The ESC decision is a huge vote of confidence in London as a leading centre for medical research. London overcame stiff competition from other key European cities in winning the event for 2021. When the ESC last came to London in 2015, it generated £100 million of economic benefit for the city, attracting more than 32,700 delegates from 140 countries.
The decision to stage the congress in London comes as the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, adopted the Healthy Streets Approach, prioritising health in transport and planning decisions, and investing £2.1 billion into street schemes that promote walking, cycling and public transport over private car use. Analysis from the Mayor’s office shows that if every Londoner walked or cycled for 20 minutes a day, it would save the National Health Service £1.7 billion in treatment costs over the next 25 years and result in 16,400 fewer cases of heart disease.
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