Sunday, October 17, 2021

UK government sets up new department to ‘tack health disparities’

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) said on Friday a new government office has been launched “to tackle health disparities across the UK”.

The New Office for Health Improvement and Inequalities (OHID), a branch of DHSC, is tasked with tackling “more prevalent in more disadvantaged areas” unhealthy habits and focusing on disease prevention by coordinating with other government departments. Address the broader drivers of good health, from employment to housing, education and the environment.”

DHSC said Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid wrote on Friday to community leaders, charities, industry experts and major employers, “in OHID’s mission to act on the broader factors affecting the health of those are asked to be involved, such as work, housing, and education.”

The new office is headed by the Director General of DHSC for OHID, Jonathan Marrone, and Dr. Jeanelle de Grouchy, who has been appointed as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, and will be under Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer. Previous statement of DHSC.

It comes as Public Health England (PHE) has been replaced, OHID has taken responsibility for health reform and the new UK Health Protection Agency is focusing on health protection.

The DHSC, citing PHE data, said, “Men in the most disadvantaged areas in England are expected to live about 10 years less than those in the least disadvantaged. Women in the same areas can expect to live 7 years less “

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The numbers, which were from 2019, rose to 10.3 and 8.3 years, respectively, during the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus pandemic.

According to the DHSC, smoking, one of the leading causes of disparities in life expectancy, is “more prevalent in more disadvantaged areas.” Another health risk, obesity, is widespread but “more prevalent in the most disadvantaged areas.”

Other “biggest preventable killers” are listed, including alcohol and recreational drugs.

The health secretary said the new body “embodies a new era of preventive health care to help people live healthier, happier and longer lives.”

“The Office for Health Reform and Inequalities will be the driving force across government, supported by communities, academia, industry and employers, to level the health of our nation, which will ease the pressure on our NHS and care services,” Javid said.

PHE was formed in 2013 as part of the government’s NHS reforms set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

PA contributed to this report.

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Lily Zhou is a freelance writer mostly covering UK news for The Epoch Times.

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