Health inequalities – ‘A Fair, Supportive Society’ report

The Institute for Health Equity report ‘A Fair, Supportive Society’ highlights that some of the most vulnerable people in society – those with learning disabilities – will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population. That’s 1,200 people every year.

The report, commissioned by NHS England, highlights key facts, statistics and interventions. It points out that much of the government action needed to improve life expectancy for people with disabilities is likely to reduce health inequalities for everyone. Action should focus on the ‘social determinants of health’, particularly addressing poverty, poor housing, discrimination and bullying.

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