What are health inequalities

Health inequalities are unfair, avoidable and systemic differences in people’s health outcomes across the population and between different groups. The term can also refer to the differences in the care that people receive, and the opportunities that people have to lead healthy lives – both of which can influence health outcomes.

The information and e-learning resources in this section outline what health inequalities are more generally. The resources include information on some of the approaches to tackle inequalities, and the action you can take in your sector and level of influence.

UPDATED: 18/09/2023