The Marmot Review - Ten Years On demonstrates the extent of health inequality in the UK, and how women lliving in disadvantaged areas are most affected. Female life expectancy declined in the most deprived 10 percent of neighbourhoods between 2010-12 and 2016-18 and there were only negligible increases in male life expectancy in these areas.
There are growing regional inequalities in life expectancy. Life expectancy is lower in the North and higher in the South. It is now lowest in the North East and highest in London. Life expectancy for women in the most deprived 10 percent of neighbourhoods decreased in every region except London, the West Midlands and the North West.
Marmot poinyts out that the following commnt made in 2010 is just as relevant in 2020 as it was then....
"Health inequalities are not inevitable and can be significantly reduced… avoidable health inequalities are unfair and putting them right is a matter of social justice. There will be those who say that our recommendations cannot be afforded, particularly in the current economic
climate. We say that it is inaction that cannot be afforded, for the human and economic costs are too high"
Download the full publication at http://www.instituteofhealthequity.org/resources-reports/marmot-review-10-years-on and read the executive summary here.