Health inequalities: Policy

Health inequalities: Policy

Republic of Ireland

A ten-year National Anti-Poverty Strategy was developed in Ireland in 1997. IPH worked with the Department of Health and Children to propose targets and mechanisms to reduce health inequalities, as detailed in the Report of the Working Group on the National Anti-Poverty Strategy and Health. These targets were adopted in the national health policy Quality and Fairness: A Health System for You. In 2005, we contributed to a review ofIreland's health inequality targets.

The Department of Health and Children has developed a number of policies with an important health inequality dimension including:

Northern Ireland

Lifetime Opportunities is the government's anti-poverty and social inclusion strategy for Northern Ireland and includes goals to:

  • combat health inequalities and help people break out of cycles of deprivation at different stages of the lifecycle from early years to retirement
  • eliminate poverty and social exclusion
  • tackle area-based deprivation and rural poverty
  • tackle inequality in the labour market

Targets and mechanisms to reduce health inequalities are set out in the policy documents Making Life Better – a Whole System Framework for Public Health 2013 - 2023 and A Healthier Future

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has developed a range of policies with an important health inequality dimension including:

In 2009, the Public Health Agency was formed and the agency is committed to reducing inequalities in health and social wellbeing through targeted and effective action.