NHS Confederation responds to Inequalities in Health Alliance letter to Rt Hon Thérèse Coffey MP

Dr Layla McCay responds to the Inequalities in Health Alliance letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

30 September 2022

Responding to the Inequalities in Health Alliance letter, which the NHS Confederation has co-signed and calls on the Secretary of State to publish the health disparities white paper, Dr Layla McCay, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, said:

“Whilst health leaders welcomed the general direction of travel set out by the Secretary of State’s recent statement, they were very disappointed to hear no tangible mention of how the government plans to address rapidly increasing health inequalities.

“The government must now commit to publishing the health disparities white paper promised by the previous administration by the end of year, and in doing so show they understand the direct link between a population in good health and a healthy economy.

“The country is currently beset by a cost-of-living crisis that means concentrated central action on public health is needed as never before. It is vital that we now see a detailed cross government strategy, that helps reduce inequalities and ease the extreme demand on the NHS, published without delay.”