Disparities in the growth of waiting lists due to the pandemic highlight the importance of addressing unmet needs among certain populations.
Dr Chi-Chi Ekhator is a GP based in South London and a GP Appraiser of NHS England. She is also Chair of Five2Medics, an initiative within Ascension Trust, born out of the desire to build wellness and resilience in communities facing disadvantage.
Professor Julian Barwell, professor in genomic medicine, discusses some of the challenges in addressing cultural barriers to change within the NHS as well as inequity of access to research; both of which can hinder improvements in healthcare outcomes for certain patient groups.
The highly anticipated Queen’s Speech of 11 May 2021 laid out the Government’s priorities for the year ahead. While inequality received just one line, the focus on education will be positive in addressing the social determinants of health.