Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health Equity and Dignified Lives

June 30, 2021

The UCL Institute of Health Equity (IHE) has published a new framework, which includes new bold and ambitious recommendations on how to reduce health inequities and build back fairer from the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations. The Framework is part of a new Marmot 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 new Review, ‘Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health Equity and Dignified Lives’, published 30th June, 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.

Commenting, the IHE’s Director, Professor Sir Michael 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.

Briefing Note is also available to view and download.