Our economic system is making people sick. Gross inequality leads to unequal health outcomes. But this is not inevitable: we have the power to change the system.
Today in the UK, one of the richest countries in the world, millions struggle to survive with insecure jobs and precarious housing. Social welfare measures have been systematically torn apart.
We know that these economic inequalities drive health inequalities. Health workers witness the toll that poverty and economic insecurity has on patients every day. And we know that people living in the poorest areas are dying years earlier than those in wealthier areas.
This health injustice will persist as long as there is no economic justice.
That’s why we’re campaigning to transform the economy into a system that enables everybody to live healthy and dignified lives, in the UK and around the world. We want an economy that puts people and planet before profit.
Our Economic Justice Group launched in 2020, bringing members of the health community together to call for wide-ranging economic changes and justice for local communities. We’ve campaigned for rent relief in the pandemic, and stood in solidarity with hospital cleaners and other outsourced staff fighting for better pay and conditions.
To learn about some of the key economic injustice issues that are harming people’s health, check out our booklets on housing, debt and insecure work.