In this BMJ opinion piece, Sian Griffiths (Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London) and colleagues, cite The Marmot Review and argue that reducing health inequlities needs to be a priority for government and society.
As Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street on her first day as prime minister she drew attention to the challenges of health inequalities:
“Right now, if you’re born poor, you will die on average nine years earlier than others. If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white. If you’re a white, working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else to go to university…..”