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Government programmes driven by politics not evidence, report says

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7477.1256-c (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1256
  1. Ann McGauran
  1. London

    The government's assertion that its programmes to tackle social exclusion and health inequalities are strongly based on evidence and on “what works” has been challenged in a new report from the independent health think tank the King's Fund.

    Complex, community based initiatives such as “Sure Start” and the national strategy for neighbourhood renewal are designed by “informed guesswork and expert hunches … enriched by some evidence and driven by political and other imperatives,” says the report.

    Many of the professionals interviewed for the research felt that political values played a greater part than evidence in developing programmes. The report reveals that …

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