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BSR is one of nearly 80 organisations coming together to form the Inequalities in Health Alliance (IHA).

Brought together by the Royal College of Physicians, this coalition of health organisations will press for urgent action to address health inequalities.

The IHA demands a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities: defined as unfair and avoidable differences in health across the population and between different groups within society. Health inequalities, which may involve differences in access to health care or the standards of care available, can damage quality of life and even shorten life expectancy.

The Royal College of Physicians has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson on behalf of the IHA, acknowledging that the government has been focused on responding to the pandemic, but pointing out that, with its impact felt differently by different communities, the government has a legal duty to address this.