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United approach needed to tackle health inequalities – Sue Ramsey

18 February, 2013 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey said people’s health is drastically affected when they are living in deprived areas.

The Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee today proposed a motion on behalf of the committee calling on the Health Minister to take action following a review of health inequalities.

The West Belfast MLA said:

“People who live in deprived areas suffer poorer health than those who don’t. Life expectancy, drug and alcohol related deaths, suicide, teenage pregnancy, smoking during pregnancy and respiratory and cancer related deaths are all affected by poverty.

“The report by the Health Committee states that if we are to really get a handle on health inequalities, it needs to be united effort across all government departments.

“When it comes to health we need to be look at education, housing, creating jobs, giving people access to the arts and sport, and so on. Every Department has its part to play.

“The Health Committee is obviously part of this push on tackling health inequalities and I would urge all committees in the Assembly to do whatever is possible to promote public health as that unity of purpose is what is needed.”

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