The Health Foundation has launched a time-limited UK-wide inquiry to consider:

  • how people’s experience of the pandemic was influenced by their health and existing inequalities

  • the likely impact of actions taken in response to the pandemic on people’s health and health inequalities – now and in the future.

A healthy population is one of any nation’s most important assets. Good health supports positive social and economic outcomes – both for the individual and society as a whole.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were already signs that the health of the people in the UK was falling behind comparable countries:

  • Our report on Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK showed that the UK has a lower life expectancy and slower improvements in life expectancy than comparable high-income countries.
  • The Marmot Review 10 Years On, published in February 2020, highlighted that not enough progress has been made over the past decade to address unjust and avoidable differences in people’s health and wellbeing.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the wider governmental and societal response have further exposed the inequalities in our society.

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What might long COVID mean for the nation’s health?

1 April 2021
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The COVID-19 impact inquiry team summarise emerging evidence on the effects of long COVID for...

What will the inquiry do?

The inquiry is gathering evidence from a wide range of sources to consider how experiences of the pandemic were influenced by people’s existing health conditions and inequalities in health. This will highlight implications for the government decision making and the investment needed to ensure everyone can enjoy the same opportunity for good health and wellbeing.

We aim to share the findings from the inquiry in summer 2021, as part of our work on the wider determinants of health and health inequalities.

The inquiry is being carried out by an in-house secretariat at the Health Foundation, guided and informed by an expert advisory panel.

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Gender divide: a post-COVID recovery must address pandemic inequalities

7 April 2021
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Mehrunisha Suleman outlines the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women, and what must be done...

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If you’d like us to stay in touch about our COVID-19 impact inquiry, please sign up to receive updates. If you have any questions about the inquiry, please contact COVID-19impactinquiry@health.org.uk.

Build back fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review

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Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review

December 2020
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24 February 2021
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Launch event: COVID-19 impact inquiry

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The Health Foundation has launched the COVID-19 impact inquiry, a UK-wide inquiry exploring the...

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