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Department of Health 'Institute of Health Equity' launch press statement21st November 2011 07:47
Department of Health 'Institute of Health Equity' Press Release
Quotes about the Institute
QUOTE FROM MICHAEL MARMOT, DIRECTOR, UCL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH EQUITY
‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ set out a vision to empower people to have control over their lives. Although the English review of health inequalities was commissioned by the previous government, I am delighted to see that vision being integrated into the Coalition Government’s plans for public health.
The UCL Institute of Health Equity has a global remit to ensure population health is improved and health inequities are reduced within and between countries, through action on the social determinants of health. To enable individuals to be in control of their own lives action is needed on the social circumstances in which we are born, grow, live, work and age.’
QUOTE FROM PROFESSOR MALCOLM GRANT, UCL PROVOST
‘Health inequalities pose serious challenges locally, nationally and internationally and defy easy solutions. I therefore welcome with great enthusiasm the UCL Institute of Health Equity, which aims to assist in finding solutions and assessing the evidence to inform policies.
The Institute builds on UCL’s great strengths in global health and Michael Marmot’s outstanding leadership in the field of promoting a social determinants approach to reducing health inequity.
Although the NHS remains a model for the rest of the world, inequities persist in England in terms of prevention, presentation, access to health care and health outcomes, and we will look to the Institute to assist in tackling this inequity.'
QUOTE FROM RT HON ANDREW LANSLEY CBE MP, HEALTH SECRETARY:
“A stark picture has emerged in this country over the past 20 years of a growing divide in the health outcomes between rich and poor. For example, men living in Blackpool can expect to live on average 11.5 years less than men living in Kensington and Chelsea.
“We are creating a new public health system that will improve people’s health and wellbeing and reduce the health inequalities that exist across the country.
“The new Institute of Health Equity will provide invaluable advice and support for local organisations and health professionals during the transition to this fairer system.
“Health inequalities cannot be transformed overnight but the work of Sir Michael Marmot and his team should help turn evidence into action and help improve the health of their local communities.”
QUOTE FROM DR HAMISH MELDRUM, CHAIR OF COUNCIL, BMA
‘Michael Marmot’s term as President of the BMA last year has resulted in a commitment to embed a social determinants approach in dealing with all health problems. We are now working with doctors to equip them with the very best evidence, provided by the Institute, on what they can do to reduce health inequities.
“Social Determinants of Health: What Can Doctors Do?” emphasises while not every doctor has the opportunity to change the life course of individual patients, they can make a difference in other ways. And the report highlights examples of good practice where GPs refer patients to professionals from welfare, employment, housing and debt advice services so that the underlying causes of their problems can be addressed.’
QUOTE FROM DR MUKESH HAIKERWAL, CHAIR OF COUNCIL, WORLD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION:
"The highly regarded and universally lauded work on the place of the Social Determinants of Health to the health of individuals and societies has now been accepted by the world community. What is needed now is to 'operationalise' action to address these determinants across the world.
There is no time like the present for an institute to identify, support and connect efforts locally, nationally and internationally to address Health Inequity, which can only be tackled completely by using an holistic view of Health and Healthcare. Leadership by Sir Michael Marmot and his team will be instrumental in the success of these efforts"