Health Inequalities

The health inequalities in our society have been both highlighted and exacerbated by the covid pandemic. People from more deprived and lower socio-economic backgrounds around the world have been more likely to die from the disease, and less able to access vaccinations. There is a need to do things differently – to ensure that individual health and wellbeing is prioritised over economic wealth.

Six key measures to help reduce health inequality have been identified:

1

Ensuring that everyone has income at a level that supports healthy living, through policies such as progressive taxation and guaranteed minimum income

2

Ensuring that everyone has access to a high-quality education and that any barriers to high educational attainment is removed for all groups

3

Improving access to active transport

4

Addressing the societal damage of drug and alcohol misuse

5

Health impact assessments integrated into government policy making

6

Investment in digital resources, particularly for the most isolated in our society


Key priority areas

Workforce Recovery and Transformation
Wellbeing
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Climate Change and Sustainability
COVID-19

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