Health inequalities in the North

Due North: Report of the Inquiry on Health Equity for the North, Centre for Local Economic Strategies

“The North of England has persistently had poorer health than the rest of England and the gap has continued to widen over four decades and under five governments. … The aim of this inquiry is to develop recommendations for policies that can address the social inequalities in health within the North and between the North and the rest of England.” (p.6)


Unfair allocation of funding

“There is wide variation in the extent to which £79 billion in central funding allocated to local health bodies differs from target allocations that are based on relative need. This is NAO’s first report on funding since the 2013 health reforms took effect.”

NAO report ‘Funding healthcare: Making allocations to local areas”




2015 Challenge Manifesto

“The 2015 General Election comes at a critical time for health and care services. The pressures on the whole system have never been greater. This manifesto sets out what we believe are the essential components of a new health and care system and how they might look and be experienced by people using and working in health and care, and the wider public. It also sets out some shared ‘asks’ of politicians and policymakers that are essential to achieve this vision.”


Organisations signing up are:
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges; Association of Directors of Adult Social Services; Age UK; Association of Directors of Public Health; Asthma UK; British Heart Foundation; Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; College of Emergency Medicine; Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management; Foundation Trust Network; Healthcare Financial Management Association; Institute of Healthcare Management; Local Government Association; Macmillan Cancer Support; National Voices; NHS Confederation; Royal College of General Practitioners; Royal College of Nursing; Royal College of Physicians; Royal Society for Public Health; Scope