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Covid-19: Tackling health inequalities is more urgent than ever, says new alliance

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4134 (Published 26 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4134

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  1. Abi Rimmer
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The covid-19 pandemic has exposed how health inequalities can affect people not just over a lifetime but in a matter of weeks, a new coalition of 79 health and social care organisations has said.

The Inequalities in Health Alliance, brought together by the Royal College of Physicians, has written to the prime minister to call for action.

Michael Marmot, director of University College London’s Institute of Health Equity and the author of several key reviews looking at health inequalities, has praised the group’s efforts. He said, “The pandemic has exposed and amplified underlying inequalities in society. Health inequalities are the result. …

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