Patricia Millar audio transcript NHS 73

I think we’ve always known that health inequalities existed – I think successive governments have always been clear about that. The NHS has always known that there is inequality of outcome within the services that it offers and I think there hasn’t been enough focus on that. And when governments say ‘the pandemic has shon a light on something’ I don’t accept that, I think that actually we’ve always known it’s there. I think what it had done is uncovered the fact that nothing has been done to change that. And so we could have predicted this from what we already know about disease trends that Covid would have a disproportionate impact on minority communities. We could have predicted that it would have a disproportionate impact on deprived communities. We could have predicted that it has a disproportionate impact on those with learning disabilities because we already know they’re disaffected by the services that we offer.

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