Ten years on from the Marmot Review, a new report on health equity in England has found life expectancy failing to increase for the first time in a century, with it decreasing for the poorest women. It confirms that the health gap between the north and south of the country is widening. “Because health is closely linked to the circumstances in which we are born, grow, live, work and age”, the report contends, “large funding cuts, under the banner of austerity, have had an adverse effect.”
Responding to the report’s findings Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, commented, “the Review’s finding that life expectancy has stalled for the first time in a century is shocking, and the widening of health inequalities is a real concern. As clinical commissioners become more strategic and focus more on transforming the health of their populations as a whole, they will have to face these great challenges head on.
“Marmot warned us a decade ago that good health cannot be the product of the NHS alone. Our members are enthusiastic about working more collaboratively with their colleagues in local government to tackle the social, economic and environmental factors which impact on people’s mental and physical health. But while encouraging progress has been made towards more integrated care in recent years, cuts to local government and public health funding mean this progress is at risk. We urge the Government to reverse those cuts in this year’s Spending Review.”
25 February 2020