Posted on 12 November 2020
The research, which involved analysis from leading University of York health expert Professor Kate Pickett, concluded that the epidemic has exacerbated inequalities between the North and the rest of the country and that mitigating measures must be put in place to stop inequalities rising further and faster.
The report called, Covid-19 and the Northern Powerhouse: Tackling Health Inequalities for UK Health and Productivity, also found:
Professor Pickett from the University’s Department of Health Sciences, who is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health, co-led on the report’s research focused on children. Her work shows how children in the North were already falling behind children elsewhere in England, and are being disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus crisis.
Professor Kate Pickett said: "Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus the unacceptable inequalities in health and life chances suffered by children in the North. We need policies now that support our families and children during and following the pandemic."
Professor of Public Health, Clare Bambra from Newcastle University added: “We need to significantly ‘level up’ the country by providing immediate additional support to local authorities and devolved administrations in the North - and by investing further in public health prevention in the North Powerhouse. In this way, we can reduce the inequalities that the pandemic has highlighted and ensure that our regions are better equipped for building back better. ”
The report authors make a series of recommendations to stop further deteriorations in the level of inequalities. These include: additional Test and Trace systems, targeting the clinically vulnerable and deprived communities in the first phase of the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine, reducing child poverty and investing in mental health interventions.
The report was released today by the Northern Health Science Alliance, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaborations (North East and North Cumbria, Greater Manchester, North West Coast, Yorkshire and Humber), and the NIHR School of Public Health.