Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Why doctors should support welfare reform

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4054 (Published 13 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4054
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

Lack of equality when it comes to diverse cultural backgrounds makes people angry, and yet the exclusion from public life of the poorest in society is often dismissed as a problem of social mobility. I know something of social mobility. My parents came from privileged backgrounds but suffered the social cataclysms of bankruptcy and divorce in the late 1960s. Consequently, I was comprehensively educated, and I received free school dinners and clothing vouchers. To add to the mix we moved to Orkney, as minority English settlers. I may not be working class but I do know what it means to be both poor and an …

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