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Poor working conditions in England pose threat to health, says expert

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6445 (Published 27 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6445
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

“Shocking” levels of poverty among working households and rising occupational illness are threatening England’s economic recovery, a leading expert on health inequality has said.

Michael Marmot said that “poor quality jobs” and unacceptably low pay risked increasing levels of harm as more people entered such jobs. He issued the latest “Marmot indicators” for health inequalities on Friday 27 November,1 shortly after the UK government scrapped its planned cuts to working tax credits in its autumn financial statement.

Marmot said that this policy “U turn” meant short term relief for people on low incomes but would not tackle long term problems, such as increasing “segregation” in the labour market between people with good education and well paid, secure jobs and people who could get only poor quality, insecure or part time, low …

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