Primary care trusts and local authorities assess levels of health inequalities between different ethnic groups in urban communities at local level to inform service planning. Nationally the Department has provided tools to aid this process such as joint strategic needs assessment and the health inequalities health poverty index.
The Department has also put in place specific programmes of work to tackle health inequalities between ethnic groups including race for health and delivering race equality in mental healthcare. Action to address ethnic health inequalities is an integral and vital part of our national drive to increase health overall and to reduce inequalities. In a fair society, everyone should have equal opportunity to have a healthy life and the Department is committed to facilitating equitable outcomes in the interest of all sections of the population.