Wales

From Rhetoric to Reality –Socio-economic deprivation and health

25 / 06 / 2015

In January 2014, the Welsh NHS Confederation launched its discussion paper entitled From Rhetoric to Reality – NHS Wales in 10 years’ time. This paper sets out the ten key challenges that face the NHS in Wales, including sections on workforce, funding and integration. To keep this debate at the forefront of how we realise a shared vision for the NHS in Wales, the Welsh NHS Confederation is producing a series of briefings in the ‘From Rhetoric to Reality’ series. 

This briefing highlights the correlation between socio-economic deprivation and people’s health and well-being outcomes. Through analysing trends across socio-economic groups we highlight how deprivation has an impact on child development, people’s lifestyle choices, healthy life expectancy, including living with an illness or chronic condition, and life expectancy.  

While socio-economic deprivation and poverty have an impact on the NHS in Wales, with increased demand on services as a result, addressing these inequalities is not the sole role of the NHS. Tackling economic deprivation and poverty is a key challenge for all sectors in Wales, including the Welsh Government, public sector, third sector and the public. To address these challenges partnership working across all sectors is vital to ensure positive outcomes for people in Wales.

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