Taking health inequalities out of the shadows

A conference on health and health inequalities has highlighted the importance of taking a life course approach and the need for public health teams to develop a narrative that takes account of people’s social circumstances. Claire Laurent reports

There is a deficit in Government policy on health inequalities, and this means local communities need to take responsibility for reducing them. This was the key message delivered by one academic expert.

Health inequalities specialist and professor at Leeds Beckett University Mark Gamsu told The MJ: ‘Nationally, no one is saying: ‘This is the scale of the challenge and this is what we are going to do about it'. The only people who are going to take responsibility locally are those who live locally.'


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