10 years ago Marmot published the Marmot Review, highlighting the health inequalities across the UK, and the health gap between the rich and poor.
The latest report has shown that the gap has widened, and that the government has failed to prioritise health inequalities, despite the evidence published 10 years ago.
Greater Manchester – a Marmot Region
The report also highlights some of the successes across Greater Manchester, as a result of devolution. These successes have been particularly visible in: reducing inequalities in early years, community cohesion and system wide approaches.
Marmot states that unified public services have enabled the development of place-based population health to tackle health inequalities through the social determinants.
Wigan was used as a case study for a systems-wide approach to reduce health inequalities, highlighting the tangible outcome of the proportion of adults who are physically active increasing by 15% in five years.
“The citizen-led, asset-based approach to health used in Wigan is regarded as an effective way to build and sustain communities and system-wide commitments”
The evaluation of Greater Manchester shows the value in devolved public services, who have the freedom to work collaboratively across sectors and prioritise prevention, in order to create a fairer, more equal society.