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Inequalities in health continue to grow despite government's pledges

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 26 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:582
  1. George Davey Smith, professor of clinical epidemiology,
  2. Mary Shaw, Economic and Social Research Council research fellow,
  3. Richard Mitchell, research fellow,
  4. Danny Dorling, professor of quantitative human geography,
  5. David Gordon, research fellow
  1. Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR
  2. School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1SS
  3. School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
  4. School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TZ

    EDITOR—Yamey summarises our report showing that mortality differentials increased dramatically in Britain during 1981–95 in line with equally dramatic increases in income inequality.1 The current government is committed to reducing health inequalities: “Our ambition is to do something that no government—Tory or Labour—has ever done. Not only to improve the health of the nation, but also to improve the health of the worst off at a faster rate.”2

    We suggest that on current evidence the government is doing little to reduce inequalities in material standards of living, although previous governments of all political parties have on occasion …

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