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Health inequalities under New Labour

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7506.1507-b (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1507

Authors' reply

  1. Mary Shaw (mary.shaw@bristol.ac.uk), reader in medical sociology,
  2. George Davey Smith, professor of clinical epidemiology,
  3. Danny Dorling, professor of human geography
  1. Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR
  2. Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR
  3. Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN

    EDITOR—Low and Low highlight how the widening gap in mortality between areas in the United Kingdom should be measured. Earlier, concern was raised that the changing size of social class groups could lead to increases in differences between groups at the top and bottom of the social hierarchy (whether measured in relative or absolute terms) despite an overall reduction in inequalities.1 Both the measure we used and that advocated by Low and Low were introduced to provide estimates of inequality that …

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