Doctors are warning that UK Governments must urgently take action to address health inequalities, that have worsened in the pandemic, and impacted societies’ most vulnerable individuals. This report, ‘Mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on health inequalities’, outlines a range of measures for Governments across the UK to ensure that those who have been most impacted by Covid-19 are protected in the immediate and longer term.
Key recommendations include:
The UK government must develop a comprehensive cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities as a matter of urgency.
Transmission of the virus must be reduced, while mitigating the impact of restrictions
Ensure vulnerable groups are appropriately supported to access to Covid-19 vaccines – including to overcome vaccine hesitancy – and are not adversely affected by measures taken to tackle the virus.
Limit as far as possible the worsening of health inequalities due to the pandemic as a priority, including:
investing in mental health services to meet increased demand;
reducing income insecurity by making the Universal Credit uplift permanent;
funding support programmes which go beyond educational support for vulnerable children who have been particularly affected by the lockdowns.