Major conditions strategy call for evidence
In January the UK government announced that it had dropped its plan to publish a health disparities white paper, despite repeated public commitments and widespread support from organisations working to address health inequalities. The government decided to combine the white paper with the mental health plan and other commitments on cancer and dementia into the “major conditions strategy”. We wrote at the time that we did not believe this was the right decision and that a cross-government strategy on health inequalities was urgently needed.
In May, the government announced a call for evidence for the major conditions strategy seeking views on how to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage the six groups of health conditions, including: cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, dementia, mental ill health and musculoskeletal disorders. A copy of our response to the main questions relevant to our work is available to download.