There are some key messages that have come out of this review:
- Doing nothing is not an economic option – the report estimates 2.5 Million years of life are potentially lost to health inequalities by those dying prematurely each year in England alone;
- By knowing the nature and size of the problem and understanding how we can make a difference, we are now in a position to take action to reduce health inequalities;
- It is time to move beyond economic growth as the sole measure of social success; and
- The Health Inequalities and Sustainability Agendas must come together.
The report makes Six Policy recommendations to reduce Health Inequalities with creating and developing healthy and sustainable communities overarching all other objectives and life course stages.