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York residents urged to have their say on healthcare inequalities

Posted on 21 June 2013

University of York researchers are urging local people interested in improving fairness in the NHS to join a Citizens’ Panel and make their voices heard.

The University’s Centre for Health Economics (CHE) is recruiting 30 people to take part in a public consultation meeting on 21 September at the King’s Manor in York. The Citizens’ Panel will allow researchers to learn more about the public’s views on inequalities in health and healthcare, and find out which inequalities people think are the most important.

The consultation event is a key part of a CHE ‘Monitoring Fairness in the NHS’ project, which is developing indicators of NHS performance in tackling health inequality.

The day-long event will involve discussions in both large and small groups facilitated by the research team, and participants will also complete a questionnaire.

People can also have their say on health inequalities by completing a 10-15 minute online survey at

Project Leader Dr Richard Cookson, from York’s Centre for Health Economics, said: “There are inequalities in the volume, quality and outcomes of health care received by rich and poor people. The project aims to develop new indicators for monitoring NHS performance in reducing these inequalities.

“We are seeking public views about these inequalities to help us select meaningful indicators that address public concerns.”

The Citizens’ Panel will meet from 9.30am to 3.30pm on 21 September and participants will receive lunch and a thank you gift of £70. Anyone can register their interest by visiting  Alternatively, contact Ruth Helstrip, Centre for Health Economics, by emailing

Notes to editors:

  • ‘Monitoring Fairness in the NHS: A Research Project to Develop Indicators of NHS Performance in Tackling Health Inequality’ is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services Research and Delivery Programme.
  • The Centre for Health Economics is a department of the University of York. The Centre’s aim is to undertake high quality research that is capable of influencing health policy decisions. The Centre is one of the largest health economics research units in the world and its research aims to influence the way decision makers think about the determinants of health and wellbeing, and the organisation and delivery of health and social care. For more information visit

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