Unequal impact of COVID-19 report published

We have published research into the impact of COVID-19 on people with protected characteristics with recommendations for health and care systems.

15 June 2022

The NHS Confederation has published a new report, The unequal impact of COVID-19: investigating the effect on people with certain protected characteristics, which maps existing research into COVID-19 inequalities onto some of these protected characteristics, showing how the pandemic has interacted with them.


The report then showcases four case studies of how different health and care systems have put in place interventions to respond to these inequalities when designing their COVID-19 response.

It focuses on a number of key areas including the impact of COVID-19 on:

  • BAME communities
  • people with disabilities
  • older and younger people.

The report concludes with a series of recommendations for health and care systems across the UK.

You can find the full report on our website.