“I think over the years we’ve, we in the NHS particularly because we are free at the point of delivery and operate a universal service, have perhaps just taken it for granted that everyone gets a fair share.
“And what we’re seeing and as we’ve started to look at our own data is there are cohorts of citizens or residents, our neighbours who live amongst us, who don’t actually get equality and fairness when it comes to the delivery of healthcare.
“There are numerous reasons for that. There isn’t necessarily anyone to blame, it’s not necessarily organisational indifference.
“However it’s crystal clear that not everyone is getting their fair share. So what we’ll be doing is working with our public health colleagues, working with the major health providers, to see and make sure that the folk who are starting to fall off, get the same opportunities which they’re entitled to like the rest of us.
“So for me, diversity is in some cases just about fairness and equality.”