A new report from Michael Marmot has called for support for children and young people to be prioritised in Covid 19 recovery plans.
The latest review, Build Back Better in Greater Manchester, Health, Equity and Dignified Lives includes recommendations on how to reduce health inequities and build back fairer from the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations. A new Framework is part of the review and comes as life expectancy falls for everyone across the UK, and health inequities widen, at a cost of £39 billion every year.
The review was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. The City Region had a 25% higher COVID-19 death rate than England as a whole in the 13 months to March 2021. This high death rate contributed to a decline in life expectancy in the North West region, which was larger than the average in England. Life expectancy fell in 2020 by 1.6 years for men and 1.2 years for women in the North West compared 1.3 years and 0.9 years, respectively, across England.
Marmot said “If the government is serious about levelling up health inequities, equity of health and wellbeing must be at the heart of government and business strategy rather narrow economic goals".
See the full report here