Red Cross calls for UK to tackle inequalities exposed by Covid

Survey finds three-quarters of adults in Britain concerned about the impact of next health emergency

Major changes are needed to protect the most vulnerable people from the next global emergency, according to a report from the Red Cross that says three-quarters of people in the UK are worried about the next potential pandemic.

A survey for the charity found that 75% of people were concerned about the global impact of a future health emergency such as a pandemic, 71% about the impact of a personal health crisis, and 61% that climate change would have an impact on their lives. Three-quarters (76%) said the UK must address underlying inequalities exposed by Covid.

Gaps in health and social care to be eliminated

Key humanitarian needs to be met in emergencies.

Local welfare assistance schemes to use a cash-first approach to help ensure people facing serious financial hardship can afford essentials such as food, toiletries and warm clothes.

The provision of safe and legal routes for people seeking asylum and the right for all to a safe home and freedom from destitution.

International law to be upheld, and principled humanitarian action. It says the UK should ensure that those most in need are put first.

Opinium carried out the research for the report, interviewing 2,003 UK adults aged 18 and over between 27 and 29 April 2021.

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