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Government push for disability over unemployment benefit explains results

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 28 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3703
  1. Julian Tudor Hart, honorary research fellow1
  1. 1University of Wales Swansea Medical School, Swansea, UK
  1. juliantudorhart{at}

If my experience in a south Wales coal and steel area is typical of others reporting high rates of limiting longstanding illness, there is a major reason for the increasing proportion of men who are economically inactive owing to ill health …

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