Inequality of health

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6954.612 (Published 03 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:612
  1. R R Gordon
  1. Halstead, Essex CO9 1SF.

    EDITOR, - Peter Phillimore and colleagues described at widening gap in the mortality ratios between the most and least deprived electoral wards in the Northern region.1 Both groups of wards showed a fall in mortality from 1981 to 1991, but the fall was greater in the richer wards. Dermot O'Reilly gives good evidence that similar “gaps” between the councils of Northern Ireland are related to healthy people leaving a council and increasing the role of unhealthy people.2 …

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