Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On

In the 2010 Marmot Review, Fair Society Healthy Lives, they set out six areas, which covered stages of life, healthy standard of living, communities and places and ill health prevention. These formed the basis for their six priority objectives and areas of recommendations:

• Give every child the best start in life
• Enable all children, young people and adults to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives
• Create fair employment and good work for all
• Ensure a healthy standard of living for all
• Create and develop healthy and sustainable places and communities
• Strengthen the role and impact of ill health prevention

Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On was published yesterday and paints a bleak picture of increasing health inequalities. “For the first time in more than 100 years life expectancy has failed to increase across the country, and for the poorest 10% of women it has actually declined. Over the last decade health inequalities have widened overall, and the amount of time people spend in poor health has increased since 2010”.

Also yesterday, 21 leading health organisations wrote to the Prime Minister calling on him and his government to accept all of the report’s recommendations and to go even further with policies to address health inequalities across the country.

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