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Letters Mind the gap

Reducing the gap

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 21 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2928
  1. Evan L Lloyd, retired consultant anaesthetist1
  1. 1Edinburgh EH12 6NQ
  1. evlloyd{at}

    Hawkes emphasises the widening in health inequalities with the increasing inequality in absolute income.1 People in the most deprived areas live in the poorest quality housing with poor insulation. Thus heating the house, even inadequately, takes a disproportionate percentage of an already low income. Poor insulation also leads to the development of mould, which …

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