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Professor Sir Michael Marmot - The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

5th February 2016
Venue: St Peter's Church, Oundle PE8 4AL
Time: 7.15 - 8.15pm

In his ground-breaking book The Health Gap, one of the world’s leading doctors and intellectuals, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, reveals the truth that social injustice is killing 200,000 people in the UK every year. In Britain if people of average income or education were as healthy as the most privileged they would have an extra 8 years of healthy life. Inequality is damaging the health of all of us. It’s not simply about money and it’s not just the poor who suffer.

Presented for the first time in one cohesive narrative Sir Michael lays out the evidence he has gathered over the last 40 years. He explains how where you are on the socio-economic ladder directly affects your health and life expectancy, and shows we know what to do to improve health for everyone. The key is being in control of our lives, living lives that we value. 

The Health Gap explains why a focus on lifestyle and personal responsibility is missing the point. Health can only be a personal responsibility if society’s conditions allow individuals to make healthy choices. Sir Michael’s evidence from round the world shows we need to change the way we think about health, and indeed society, radically. Creating fairer societies is the way we can all live longer in better health. 

Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL, is Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity and, a leading expert on health inequalities both in the UK and globally. He is the president of the World Medical Association during 2015/16 and is currently Harvard’s visiting professor. He chaired the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005-8), the recommendations of which have been adopted by the World Health Assembly and by many countries. He conducted a review of health inequalities for the British Government in 2010. The ‘Marmot Review’ and its recommendations are now being implemented in three-quarters of local authorities in England. He previously published Status Syndrome with Bloomsbury in 2004.

Professor Marmot will be interviewed by Anna Freij. Having studied social and political sciences at Cambridge, Anna spent the first part of her career working with homeless people. She then managed hospital services in London, and this invaluable experience lead to a position with the London Health Economics Consortium advising on the optimal delivery of health services, both in England and overseas.

Anna has a strong interest in mental health, the predictors of psychological well-being, in particular, and the relationship between psychological wellbeing and life expectancy. She has worked extensively with individuals and organisations seeking to reduce inequality and improve the quality of people’s lives.

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