Cost of living crisis harming mental health and making health inequalities worse

26 July 2022

Responding to a new Centre for Mental Health report, the interim chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said:

"The cost of living crisis is harming people's physical and mental health. Economic pressures are taking their toll and making longstanding health and racial inequalities even worse.

"Government action to address health disparities – a key priority for NHS trusts – is long overdue and ministers must tackle deep-rooted and wider causes of poor health, and help to close the gap in healthy life expectancy between people in well-off and deprived communities.

"Mental health services are doing all they can to provide the best possible care in the face of ever-growing demand."