UK pushes EU to tackle health gap between rich and poor

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:923
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. London

    The United Kingdom is using its term as president of the European Union to urge the region to focus on reducing the difference in the health of rich and poor people.

    “Almost all important health problems, and major causes of premature death across Europe such as heart disease and cancer, are more common among people with lower levels of education and income,” said the UK secretary of state for health, Patricia Hewitt, who hosted an EU summit in London this week called “Tackling health inequalities—governing for health” (BMJ2005;331: 855, Oct 15).

    “Narrowing this health gap, and making good …

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