Health Services: Disadvantaged

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Labour, Chesterfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the link between areas of deprivation and health service usage.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government seeks to ensure everyone has the same opportunity for a long, healthy life. There are currently inequalities in the use of health services with the most deprived parts of the population having more avoidable hospital admissions and greater use of accident and emergency services. This is why the Department’s prevention vision puts prevention at the heart of the nation’s health, shifting the focus from treatment of individual conditions to improving long term health for all and putting more resource into primary and community care.

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out how the National Health Service will develop over the coming years and take stronger action surrounding health inequalities. NHS England has committed to ensuring a higher share of funding goes towards geographies with high health inequalities. This funding is estimated to be worth over £1 billion by 2023/24.

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