Progress on health inequalities disappointing despite extra funding

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1440
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    Primary care trusts and local authorities are being swamped with too much policy and guidance aimed at finding ways to reduce health inequalities while the health gap between rich and poor continues to widen, the spending watchdog has said.

    A report from the Audit Commission concludes that despite billions of pounds of investment health inequalities remain.

    In 2009-10, the commission estimates that the NHS allocated £21bn (€23bn; $31bn) to primary care trusts to reflect differences in health inequalities. But despite this spend there has been a widening gap between the poor and the better off.

    The report …

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