Medicine And The Media

Deprived of health

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:539
  1. Mel Bartley

    Panorama's programme on health inequalities was well timed to follow close behind the Rowntree report on growing social inequality. Unfortunately, the importance of the programme in terms of policy debate was not matched by the quality of the technical presentation. Health Minister Gerald Malone was somehow induced to say that material deprivation “is clearly a factor” contributing to social differences in life expectancy, needing to be set alongside lifestyle, and that the government has “a clear policy to look at social variations in health and address our policies towards them.” It is quite an achievement to have placed this on the record. However, it seems unlikely that the minister watched a preview of the evidence presented and decided the game was up. As is often the case, the presentation of the “human interest” …

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