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Deprivation payments should be based on enumeration districts

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:183
  1. Adrian Hastings
  1. General practitioner Saffron Group Practice, Leicester LE2 6UL

    EDITOR,—In 1981 the Saffron estate, a district of council housing afflicted by poverty, made up one half of an electoral ward. The other half of the ward was a comfortable suburb outside the Saffron Group Practice's area. The Jarman index for the ward was 22. Although nearly 5000 of our patients lived in enumeration districts with Jarman indices over 30 or 40, the practice received no deprivation payments until July 1995. In 1983 …

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