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Health inequalities in wake of Grenfell to be debated at free Coventry event

Correspondent 3rd Jul, 2017 Updated: 4th Jul, 2017

THE impact that inequality, living and working conditions have on health will be debated by leading figures at a free public event in Coventry in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

Kevin Fenton, senior advisor of health and wellbeing for Public Health England, will speak at Coventry University about health inequalities in the UK.

He will be joined by former MP, Kevin Fenton, and Josephine Ojiambo, deputy secretary general of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Expert speakers across law and education will also discuss health disparities in relation to other factors. They include racism, physiological, socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental factors, quality of care, governance and legislation.

Terry Braithwaite, event coordinator from Coventry University Law School, said: “This is an area which is hugely topical when we think of the Grenfell fire and case of baby Charlie Gard dominating the news. These are such major issues concerning law and policy making at all levels.

“We want to look at healthcare and education in a wider Commonwealth context. People from certain sections of society are not getting the support they need in healthcare and it’s not always because they can’t afford it, it’s that they often don’t have that support system.

“An important example more widely is people eating junk food because they cannot afford other things. Legislation and education play a huge role in these areas and law is at the centre of it all. It is of importance to everyone.”

The public lecture – Healthcare and Education in a Commonwealth context: What’s Law got to do with it? – will be held on July 8 at Coventry University.

The free event marks a new collaboration between Coventry University’s Law School and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences; Warwick Medical School’s Division for Mental Health & Wellbeing; and the Commonwealth Secretariat Division for Political Affairs, Human Rights and Rule of Law.

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