As the UK emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic ‘Build Back Better’ has become the mantra. Important, but the Institute of Health Equity emphasises we need to Build Back Fairer.
This report, published in December 2020, builds on “Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On”, published in February 2020 – a review of what had happened to health and health inequalities in the decade since the publication of the “2010 Marmot Review, Fair Society, Healthy Lives“.
The levels of social, environmental and economic inequality in society are damaging health and wellbeing. It was the principles of fairness and the need to do things differently that animated the concrete recommendations they set out in their February 10 Years On review, just before the pandemic hit with such devastating intensity. Inequalities in mortality from COVID-19 and rising health inequalities as a result of social and economic impacts, have made such action even more important.
The aim of this report is three-fold:
- To examine inequalities in COVID-19 mortality. Focus is on inequalities in mortality among members of BAME groups and among certain occupations, alongside continued attention to the socioeconomic gradient in health – the more deprived the area, the worse COVID-19 mortality tends to be
- To show the effects that the pandemic, and the societal response to contain the pandemic, have had on social and economic inequalities, their effects on mental and physical health, and their likely effects on health inequalities in the future
- To make recommendations on what needs to be done.
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