The Oxfordshire Commission on Health Inequalities was established at the request of the Oxfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board[HWB]. The HWB had recognized that in addition to the human costs, the cost of health inequalities to the NHS is unacceptable. It is currently estimated at £5.5bn nationally, and economic losses associated with health inequalities due to lost production, higher benefit payments and lost taxes have been estimated at £31-33bn. The economic benefits of addressing inequalities are clearly demonstrated in Appendix 1 which presents costs of illnesses and benefit analyses of interventions. Thus addressing inequalities will strengthen the economic well being of the county as well as the health of its population.
The overall aim of the Commission is to make recommendations that will reduce health inequalities. Its approach has been:
• To draw upon local experience and sound evidence for effective action, which resonates with
local, national and international policy directions
• To identify activities that can address health inequalities in Oxfordshire, giving robust examples
of current and emerging best practice
This report details the overall findings of that commission.