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Date(s) - 01.10.2012


Manchester Quaker Meeting House


Diane Abbot MP Shadow Minister for Public Health will talk about Health Inequality Now and her thinking on health and families – marking her intention to put families at the heart of policies on public health, calling for a ‘family-led health revolution’, and warning of the far-reaching consequences of Britain’s ‘forgotten families’.

Grahame Morris MP House of Commons Select Committee on Health, Parliamentary Labour Party Health Committee

Dr Gabriel Scally  Professor of Public health and former Regional Director of Public Health, will be speaking about the failure of the public health system to prevent problems such as alcohol and obesity, the Coalition’s programme of fragmentation and outlining what needs to be done to really tackle inequalities.

Dr Brian Fisher Chair of the Socialist Health Association


Bookings are closed for this event.


  1. socadmin says:

    GRaham Morris: It’s easy to describe the problem but we need to identify what actually works. Is about to visit Caracas to see their new clinics. Health inequality is tied to economic inequality. Easington has some ofthe poorest communities.
    In times of crisis we need to hold government to account.. How do we gauge a good society? We had 3 decades of growth but the gap between rich and poor has grown. Poor housing, inadequate transport, poor education all have impacts on health.
    Is there a different approach in the Labour Party. Yes to apply resources according to need..
    We should support health observatories.
    Differences in disability free life is 17 years between richest and poorest areas. This is not just a North South. Cost of inequality at leather £5billion a year.
    This government has given up on equitable access.to health care.

  2. socadmin says:

    Gabriel Scally: Left the government because he couldn’t stand what the government was doing.
    Public health observatories will be absorbed into the department of health so won’t be independent.
    Returning public health to local authorities is a good thing. But responsibility for immunisation Nd screening and the like are going to the NCB.
    In good local authorities much can be done. But in some places environmental health has slid down the pecking order. Authorities invest pension funds in tobacco.
    The public health targets were not very helpful. Because relative. Too much concentrated in health other departments did little about prevention. Medical profession no longer campaigns for public health. Marketing campaigns ineffective because based on surveys in which people lie about their behaviour.
    To put money into the pockets of the poor help them stop smoking. Our approach is too timid. Plain packaging is one of Langley’s few good things. Imperial tobacco turned in large profit and doesn’t admit smoking causes cancer.
    We need to tackle tobacco and alcohol more aggressive. Similar poor housing which kills many people every winter. Government have set up an irresponsibility deal with food manufacturers. 45% of kids in Bristol go to school by car and we wonder why they are obese.

  3. socadmin says:

    Brian Fisher: Community engagement is very relevant here.
    If these issues were dealt with featherbedding private landlords. We need to focus on putting money into the pockets of the poor and tackling tax avoidance. People are treated by doctors and punished by the dwp.
    Relative poverty is increasing as a result of tax and benefit changes.
    We need to ignite social networks . The evidence shows a 50% increased chance of survival for people with good social networks. As much as stopping smoking. We should focus on enhancing community development. This also makes statutory services more responsive. This all hepls to tackle health inequality. It works and saves money. This has been done in many places and is reproducible.

  4. socadmin says:

    Diane Abbot
    Health inequalities are class inequalities. Not personal failure. We didn’t do enough here. We did well on smoking in sexual health and teenage pregnancy. But one of the challenges is the government reforms which fragment the system. Minister will hide behind localism. Government claim to be willing the ends but don’t provide the means. Bringing public health into local government does in principle enable better local partnerships. Different local authorities will take different approaches. Hut the advancement in key areas may slip back.
    We must challenge the narrative of personal failure. Individuals act in a particular economic and social environment. Patterns of health reflect past occupation patterns.
    If we are ommittedmto a more equal society equality is not only about income levels. The are things we can do politically to improve health and well being.

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