The Health Foundation is setting up 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 since 2011 improvements in life expectancy in the UK have stalled, and for certain groups of the population, gone into reverse.
  • 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.

The Health Foundation is setting up 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.

The comprehensive synthesis of the evidence to date will highlight the implications for the government decision making and 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.

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