Tackling health inequalities has gone up the health and care agenda recently. The pandemic made stark what many already knew: England is a divided and unequal country.
This drew immediate responses. Most immediately, there were signs of solidarity and simple acts of kindness. Many of us came together as neighbours and local communities in a renewed way. The NHS has also given renewed emphasis to health inequalities in its guidance and strategies. And, more broadly, the government has signalled its intention to ‘level up’ post-Brexit and post-pandemic.
And durable, sometimes controversial, ethical issues also remain.