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A failed welfare state

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3059 (Published 01 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3059
  1. Richard Hurley, features and debates editor, The BMJ
  1. rhurley{at}bmj.com

The film I, Daniel Blake, a bleak look at the failures of the UK welfare system, has won the coveted Palme d’Or prize at the recent Cannes film festival. Directed by Ken Loach, the film centres on Daniel Blake, a fictional 59 year old joiner who has worked for most of his life.

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