COVID-19 has shone a light on health inequalities; it has “laid bare our longstanding social, economic and political inequalities…” (BMJ, 2020) and this is against a backdrop of declining life expectancy in our poorest communities, well before COVID-19.
The Marmot review 10 years on found that regional and socioeconomic differences in health are large and growing. Michael Marmot describes this as ‘shocking’ and that we should work towards creating the conditions for everyone to be able to lead lives they have reason to value.
During this week’s theme we shared a special selection of events which looked at health inequalities through very different lenses. We considered where health inequalities exist, what we have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and what we are doing to address them that we need to amplify?