As a member of the Inequalities In Health Alliance, we’ve written to the Prime Minister calling for an explicit health inequalities strategy, that considers the role of every department and every available policy lever in tackling health disparities.
“Before the pandemic, the gap in healthy life expectancy between the richest and poorest in England was almost two decades. And that has a toll on individuals, regions and the country as a whole: in the areas of England with the lowest healthy life expectancy, more than a third of those aged 25 to 64 are economically inactive due to long-term sickness or disability. If we want to level up and build back better, we need an explicit health inequalities strategy, with clear measurable goals, that considers the role of every department and every available policy lever in tackling health disparities”.
As an organisation, the Digital Legacy Association advocates for better digital inclusion and digital engagement. It has been apparent that technological disparities have had negative impacts on both peoples access to health information, connectivity and wellbeing over the last 18 months. Our advocacy runs alongside research, development and campaigning for better end of life care and bereavement support.
We are proud members of the Inequalities In Health Alliance and will continue to advocate the need for better technologies and communication as a tool to help reduce health inequalities within the UK (the country where the Digital Legacy Association operates from).
The Inequalities In Health Alliance has been spearheaded by the Royal College of Physicians. Signatories from leaders across the health, social care and charity sector are highlighting inequalities and demanding change.
The letter to the prime minister published today, can be viewed and downloaded below:
The Inequalities In Health Alliance are calling for a comprehensive, cross government strategy to address health inequalities today and in doing so, reduced the pressure on the NHS and social care sector in the years to come. A short policy briefing by the RCP has been developed to act as a starting point for change. This can be read and downloaded below:
To learn more about the strategy visit: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/news/powerful-stories-make-case-cross-government-strategy-reduce-health-inequalities