There are many different types of inequalities. However, the outcomes for health are generally the same. Those who are socially disadvantaged have higher rates of suicide, mental health problems, heart disease, lung disease, obesity and many other conditions of ill health. In addition, those who are most disadvantaged are most likely to need healthcare but are less likely to receive it. [i]

Nursing has a strong history of advocating for the rights of the vulnerable and disadvantaged. The profession has often had to stand in the gap to provide care when others can’t or won’t.


[i] Marmot, M., The Health Gap. 2015, London:Bloomsbury