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Letters Allocation of NHS resources

New policy has not necessarily failed

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 25 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4315
  1. John M Hacking, senior research officer1
  1. 1Public Health Manchester, Manchester City Council, Manchester M60 2LA, UK
  1. j.hacking{at}

Hawkes states that directing resources towards areas of high deprivation has “largely failed” to reduce health inequalities between these areas and less deprived ones.1 I challenge this on two grounds. Firstly, many factors other than NHS allocations affect health inequalities, such as changes in the economy, environment, and migration. The …

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