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RCP event: What is the pandemic teaching us about health inequalities?

The RCP is hosting an online event looking at what the pandemic is teaching us about health inequalities.

COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated the health inequalities that have long existed in our society. As convenor of the Inequalities in Health Alliance (IHA), the RCP is clear that recovery from the pandemic must be a turning point for the health of our population. The hour-long event on Thursday 24 June at 7pm will be an opportunity to explore precisely how to make this happen. 

The high-profile panel panellists include Jo Bibby, director of health at the Health Foundation, who will share exclusive early findings from the Health Foundation’s forthcoming publication about the specific, coordinated actions that must be taken across government to reduce health inequalities.  

The Health Foundation, in line with the IHA, firmly believes that a long-term strategy across national government to address these wider determinants is urgently needed reverse the deteriorating trends in health in the UK.  

The proposed actions they’ll set out, will fall into the following areas:  

  • putting good health at the heart of government decision making  
  • enabling all children to have the best possible start in life 
  • levelling up life chances 
  • great places to live and work 
  • connecting the country 
  • creating opportunities 
  • health and the environment 
  • strengthening the public health agenda.  

The event will also be an opportunity to hear from the health inequalities director at NHS England/Improvement, Dr Bola Owolabi, about what the NHS, its teams and individual clinicians can do about these disparities. 

This is the second event of our What is the pandemic teaching us about… series. Find out more, and register for the event here.