There is incontrovertible evidence (e.g. Marmot report, Fair Society, Healthy Lives) that health inequity arises from social inequalities. To reduce such inequalities requires action across all determinants. Targeting the most disadvantaged alone will not improve health sufficiently. To reduce the social gradient in health, actions must be universal and with a scale and intensity that is proportionate to the level of disadvantage.
We therefore strongly support evidence based programmes to achieve the following 6 policy objectives
- Give every child the best start in life.
- Enable young people to achieve the maximum of their potential for healthy lives.
- Create fair employment and meaningful work for all.
- Ensure healthy standard of living for all.
- Create and develop healthy and sustainable communities.
- Take every opportunity to promote well-being and prevent ill-health.
We support the principle of respect for everyone whatever their race, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, civil partnership status, religious belief or non-belief, sexual orientation, class, size, disability or other status.
We strongly believe in equal opportunities for all and support legislation and action that bolsters this, challenges and tackles evidence of institutionalised discrimination, and continues to train and educate staff at all levels on sensitivity to discriminatory behaviour.