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Health Inequalities

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:18 pm on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care 5:18 pm, 20th March 2019

We have a number of inter-ministerial groups looking at particular areas of inequality, such as rough sleeping and the first 1,001 days. Dr Whitford spoke about the importance of early intervention; if we could get that right, that would be a real way of addressing inequality. My short answer to the question asked by Debbie Abrahams is that we pick up public health in a number of ways, but my priorities are the first 1,001 days and particular pinch points where there are real inequalities. We will continue to look at those areas, not least because supporting those individuals is not just better for them, but makes financial sense. If we can tackle some of these issues earlier, not only do individuals live longer and healthier lives, but there is a reduced cost for the health system.