Transforming health systems to reduce health inequalities.
Never before in history have we had the data to track such a rapid increase in inequalities. With changes imminent in healthcare and public health organisational landscape in England and health inequalities high on the policy agenda, we have an opportunity to redouble efforts to reduce inequalities. In this article, we argue that health inequalities need re-framing to encompass the breadth of disadvantage and difference between healthcare and health outcome inequalities. Second, there needs to be a focus on long-term organisational change to ensure equity is considered in all decisions. Third, actions need to prioritise the fundamental redistribution of resources, funding, workforce, services and power. Reducing inequalities can involve unpopular and difficult decisions. Physicians have a particular role in society and can support evidenced-based change across practice and the system at large. If we do not act now, then when?