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Government policies will make health equality harder to achieve, conference hears

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2873 (Published 03 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2873
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Doctors should press for every citizen to have a “minimum income for healthy living,” a leading expert on health inequalities has said.

Michael Marmot, who has made health inequalities his life’s work, urged health professionals to make the argument, citing evidence of the dire effect on people’s health of having too little money to live on.

Many people found that their work did not pay enough, and for those living on benefits life was “appalling,” he said.

“We should be advocates—from the health point of view—of a living wage,” he said.

He also urged the government to do more to create jobs and “not blame the workless for their worklessness.”

Marmot, who is director of the Institute of Health Equity at …

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