Radical shift in power needed to address health inequalities

National government must both let go of power and provide stronger leadership to disrupt the drivers of poor health, writes Rosie Fogden, head of research & analysis at the Centre for Progressive Policy.

Entrenched social and economic inequalities are affecting our health and in turn limiting our productivity and potential as a country. At the Centre for Progressive Policy, we recently estimated 80% of the variation in life expectancy across local authorities can be explained by social, economic and regional inequalities.

Yet despite being so fundamental to the nation’s success, government policy does not sufficiently target these. In our new report, we set out how a new approach to the relationship between local and national government could disrupt some of the powerful social currents that pull people into ill health.

For decades, integrated health and social care has been the pinnacle of healthcare reform. So the recent Health & Care

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