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UK public health plan aims to save 300 000 lives in next decade

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 10 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:73
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. BMJ

    The UK government this week published its strategy for public health in a white paper aimed at improving the health of the whole nation, but particularly that of the financially worst off over the next decade. Several measures were introduced to reduce inequalities in health but there was more emphasis on improving individual responsibility for health than has traditionally been expected from the Labour party.

    The secretary of state for health, Frank Dobson, said the aim of the public health strategy was to reduce the total number of deaths from heart disease, cancer, accidents, and suicide by 300000 …

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