What COVID-19 has taught us about social inequities and the urgent need for systemic change

Toni Wright, Rajeeb Kumar Sah, Clare Keys, Gowri Nanayakkara, Chisa Onyejekwe

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Abstract

This paper critically comments on the state of affairs in the UK relating to the pandemic and explores how a focus on inequities experienced by marginalized and vulnerable groups is necessary for exposing the material realties of everyday life, but also how such a focus has been hijacked by center right politics to distract us from collective responsibilities and building alliances for systemic change. The paper critically reviews the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the most marginalized and vulnerable in UK society and highlights the interconnected risk factors of COVID-19 and its secondary impacts to demonstrate how these are linked to political ideology, policy, and practice. We conclude with recommendations informed through a looking back at the key tenants and purposes of universal healthcare to apprise what is needed in this moment of crisis and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-349
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Volume39
Issue number1
Early online date29 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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