On 3 September 2021 the Department of Health and Social Care and The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP published a news story explaining that on 1 October 2021 the new office for health improvement and disparities (OHID) will be launched.
The office’s aims will be to tackle health inequalities across the country.
The OHID will be a vital part of the Department of Health and Social Care and will drive the prevention agenda across government to reduce health disparities, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and improve the public’s health.
The new body will tackle the top preventable risk factors for poor health, including obesity caused by unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption.
It will work across the health system to drive forward action on health disparities, including improving access to health services across the country, and coordinate with government departments to address the wider drivers of good health, from employment to housing, education and the environment.
Further details can be accessed in the news story here.