Health inequalities are the result of a complex and wide-ranging network of factors. People who experience material disadvantage, poor housing, lower educational attainment, insecure employment or homelessness are among those more likely to suffer poorer health outcomes and an earlier death compared with the rest of the population.
Health inequalities start early in life and persist not only into old age but subsequent generations. Tackling health inequalities is a top governmental and local priority. Itt is focused on narrowing the health gap between disadvantaged groups, communities and the rest of the country, and on improving health overall.