Last week we went to the Healthwatch Oxfordshire Voluntary Sector Forum, which was called “A Focus On Health Inequalities”.
It was based around this report, which was published in October last year. The speakers told us about the report and what progress has been made to make things better.
The report has 60 recommendations for reducing health inequality in Oxfordshire.
Although it mentions that some people have much poorer health than others (such as homeless people and refugees) it does not mention learning disability, even though we know that there are health inequalities.
Jackie Wilderspin works at Oxfordshire County Council, and explained that lot’s is going on to address health inequality.
She said, “It’s going to be impossible to track everything that is going on to address inequality” but told us about a few things, like trying to reduce fuel poverty.
We thought it was interesting when she told us that people need to be given advice about their benefits when they go to the doctor or hospital, and not just when they go to the job centre.
We also thought it was interesting that the NHS and the Council want to focus on the things that will prevent people from getting ill. We are making a film about eating well, exercising and going for a health check – these are all things people with learning disabilities should do to keep healthy.