92 senior representatives of the Inequalities in Health Alliance (IHA) have written to the Prime Minister calling for a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities.
The letter makes calls for a cross-government health inequalities strategy with clear measurable goals, that consider the role of every department and every available policy lever.
Health inequality was a problem before COVID-19 – with a gap in healthy life expectancy between the richest and poorest areas of around 19 years – but the pandemic has tragically demonstrated how these inequalities can have an impact in just a matter of weeks.
The Inequalities in Health Alliance (IHA), first called for a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities when it launched in October 2020
The IHA is a coalition of nearly 80 organisations, including the British Cardiovascular Society, launched to press for urgent action to address health inequalities.