Help Build a New Movement for Health Justice

At the North Kirklees CCG public engagement event on  5th October 2016, one of the parting comments from the Chair of the CCG was along the lines of, we’ll need to have a debate about what the NHS is for! ?!!!!!!!?

At a time when people are turning up at the GP suffering from the symptoms of hunger,  yet the concept of need is being removed from the Local Authority’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, to turn it into a Joint Strategic Assessment, what on earth is going on?

Placard at  Conservative Party Conference

Notice of the Conference by the Politics of Health Group seems timely.

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“While policy makers and pundits agonise understandably about the future of the NHS, a glaring injustice is side-lined.  This is the injustice of health inequalities.  I am writing on behalf of the Politics of Health Group, The Equalities Trust and Birmingham City University to invite you to help us build a new movement for health justice.

Inequalities in health are no accident.  They are the result of a failure right across the breadth of public policy.  We know what causes them, we know what we need to do to put them right.  Thousands of words have been written and uttered about this disgrace (not least by our Prime Minister when she took office on 13 July this year).  But still they persist.

It is no longer acceptable that there should be a 25 year gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in British society.  It is no longer acceptable that a child born in the wrong place should be condemned to a life time of poverty and deprivation.

We need a new politics for health to right this injustice – a policy that takes into account all the factors that contribute to good health. The Politics of Health Group, working with our partners, is bringing people together from all walks of life across the UK to kick start a public health campaign for policies that reduce health inequalities. We have already held four regional meetings in Sheffield, Birmingham, London and Chester that have showed there’s a clear appetite for action. The findings from these meetings will be fed into a national event at BCU on 23rdNovember where we hope to set the ball rolling for real change.  Please join us, and please spread the word!

You can find further details and book a place by following this link: NP4H Event “

Maggie Winters,
Secretary, PoHG and former Project Manager for the Public Health Alliance

Professor Richard Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at UCL and a Visiting Professor at the University of York and The Equality Trust Dr Jenny Douglas, Faculty of Health & Social Care, The Open University Sue Laughlin, Co-Chair, Politics of Health Group  Dr Alex Scott-Samuel, Co-Chair, Politics of Health Group  Dr Katie Powell, Health Equity and Inclusion Research Group, University of Sheffield Alan Taman, Health Public Relations Specialist Dr Anne Robbins, Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University Dr Kate Thomson, Health, Education & Life Sciences, Birmingham City University Dr Rebecca Mead, University of Chester Jake Sallaway-Costello, Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University

On behalf of the Politics of Health GroupBirmingham City University and The Equality Trust

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