London mayoral candidate, Boris Johnson this week thanked ‘gorgeous Carry On style nurses’ for educating him about the diabetes epidemic facing the capital.
Mr Johnson was speaking at the Ideas Space think tank on Monday and was proposing ring-fencing London’s spending on public health and ‘waging war’ against health inequalities.
Mr Johnson also said he aimed to give the London Health Commission new responsibilities for studying health inequalities, including obesity and smoking, between boroughs.
He went on to recall his encounter with a diabetes nurse, saying: 'I recently went to Lewisham and submitted to the attentions of a gorgeous Carry On style nurse who tested me for Diabetes,' Mr Johnson said.
'It is a measure of our general ignorance about public health in London that I had no idea that diabetes was now the UK’s third biggest killer after cancer and heart attack.’