New agencies for an era of tackling health inequalities

22 November 2021

The pandemic has clearly shown the importance of having a strong public health system, says the UK Government. As Public Health England is replaced, the new UK Health Security Agency will have a ‘laser-like focus’ on health protection.

And the new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) will ‘improve health and tackle disparities in health outcomes’ and try to stop debilitating health conditions before they develop.

Currently, around 80% of a person’s long-term health is dictated by factors such as housing and education, rather than care received.

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty said: ‘Health inequalities in England are stark and they are challenging to address – but it is important we do so. People across the country can live in better health for longer. OHID will support people to do so with an evidence-based approach.’

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