Report links 'substantial' inequalities to social position

Overcoming extensive health inequalities in England will require co-operation between all government departments, a strategic review has concluded.

The Marmot Review, published this week, said 'substantial' health inequalities were directly linked to social position.

Review chairman Sir Michael Marmot and his team estimated that between 1.3 and 2.5 million years of life could be gained by reducing health inequalities. They said these disparities cost the NHS more than £5.5bn per year.

The review said failure to act would raise costs of treating obesity-related illnesses by £3bn annually by 2025.

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