Friday 12 June 2020 / 12:50 PM Coronavirus / Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth comments on ONS statistics that show coronavirus has had a proportionally higher impact on the most deprived areas of England

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on ONS statistics that show coronavirus has had a proportionally higher impact on the most deprived areas of England, said:

“These are devastating though sadly not surprising figures.

“Covid-19 thrives on inequalities and this data confirms once again that poverty and deprivation fatally impacts health. We went into this crisis with life expectancy stalling and persistent health disparities after ten years of austerity.

“We now urgently need an explicit, funded strategy to tackle health inequalities.”