The College is encouraging Fellows and Members to support a call from health workers for a health and wellbeing budget. This comes after Marmot 2020 was published by the Institute of Health Equity. Marmot 2020 was commissioned by the Health Foundation to mark 10 years on from the landmark study Fair Society, Healthy Lives (The Marmot Review).

Marmot 2020 highlights that:

  • people can expect to spend more of their lives in poor health
  • improvements to life expectancy have stalled, and declined for the poorest 10% of women
  • the health gap has grown between wealthy and deprived areas 
  • place matters – living in a deprived area of the North East is worse for your health than living in a similarly deprived area in London, to the extent that life expectancy is nearly five years less.

The College is encouraging Fellows and Members to sign a letter to the Prime Minister and Chancellor, which calls for the UK Government " make the upcoming budget one that transforms peoples' health and wellbeing."