Andy Burnham Should Put Health at the Heart of His Mayoral Campaign

This means that to really get to grips with health inequalities, health policy needs to be joined up with a range of other public services. The ‘northern powerhouse’ project provides Manchester with a unique opportunity to do this because health is being ‘devolved’ alongside a range of other public services. For example, Burnham could use new powers over welfare policy to start getting people with long term health issues back into work by implementing a welfare earn back approach as set out by IPPR. Or he could follow in the footsteps of Sadiq Khan and use his new transport powers to introduce regulation to phase out the use of diesel cars which produce toxic pollutants that cause lung conditions, stokes and cancers. These bold actions would both save lives and reduce costs for NHS.

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