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Support team sent to reduce infant deaths in 43 deprived areas

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 24 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1705
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The Department of Health is sending in a support team to help the 43 areas in England with the highest rates of infant mortality among routine and manual workers, in a bid to reach its health inequalities target.

    A target to reduce national health inequalities was set in 2001 and updated in 2004. It states that by 2010 the gap in infant mortality between routine and manual groups and the population as a whole should be reduced by at least 10%.

    Launching the initiative, the public health minister, Dawn Primarolo, said, “Every year in England 3000 babies die before the age of 1. Every one is an equal tragedy. But what is unacceptable …

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