Doctors are one of the “linchpins” in closing the UK health inequalities gap

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3060
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    All doctors should do more to tackle social inequalities in health, and place more emphasis on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health, says a report from the Royal College of Physicians.

    The health inequalities that persist in the United Kingdom are not inevitable, says the report. All sectors have a part to play in reducing the gap, with doctors one of the “linchpins in this endeavour.”

    The report, written in conjunction with the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of Public Health, National Heart Forum, and the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, calls on doctors to ensure they encourage people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access health information, screening, and health promotion services.

    Professor Ian Gilmore, president of …

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