Health: Equality

Health written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the recommendations of the Marmot Review on health inequalities in England are being implemented across all relevant Government Departments.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We accepted the findings of “Fair Society, Healthy Lives - the strategic review of health inequalities in England post 2010” (the Marmot Review) in the public health white paper “Healthy Lives, Healthy People” (2010). These findings apply across all Government Departments; given the link between social circumstances, health and health inequalities.

We have used the review—and the priorities it identified —to support our work with colleagues across government to reinvigorate action on child poverty; raise educational attainment; support families; improve social mobility and promote work as a route out of poverty. These steps will help people take control over their own lives, fulfil their potential and reduce health inequalities.

We sponsor and fund the UCL Institute of Health Equity—led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot—to build the evidence on health inequalities and support government and local systems implement the review's findings.

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