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25.02.20

NHS Providers: More must be done to address health inequalities

Following the release of the Health Foundation’s report, Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On, NHS Providers’ Deputy Chief Executive Saffron Cordery has expressed her disappointment at widening health inequalities.

Ms Cordery said: “It is disappointing to see that health inequalities across the country have widened over the last decade.

“This is a stark warning that more must be done to address the wider determinants of health as well as to focus on public health and prevention as key pillars of a sustainable health and care system.

“The NHS long term plan includes a helpful commitment to treating people closer to home, where appropriate. However, cuts to public health budgets in recent years have been linked to an increase in hospital admissions, which makes clear the case for sufficient investment in a more preventative approach.

“This problem can only be addressed when government, local authorities and the wider health and care system come together to empower people and give them the right tools to make healthy choices.”

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