Lessons for policy and research on health inequalities in the UK from the COVID19 pandemic



Kieran Walshe



  • Greg Fell, Director of Public Health
  • Sheffield Veena Raleigh, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund

The COVID19 pandemic both revealed and accentuated health inequalities in the UK – in geography, income, social class, occupation, ethnicity and a range of other factors. We already knew very well that these differences existed and in some cases had worsened in recent years, but they were thrown into stark relief over the last two years.

This plenary will focus on what should we learn from the pandemic about how to research health inequalities, and how research can contribute to future policy and practice. Surely one positive outcome from the pandemic could be some real learning and a new focus on tackling health inequalities.