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Inquiry calls for action to tackle north-south health divide

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 24 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5805
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

An independent inquiry has called for action to tackle the widening health gap between the north and south of England. The report, commissioned by Public Health England, said that the prospect of greater devolution within England represented an opportunity to reduce health inequalities.

Due North: Report of the Inquiry on Health Equity for the North,1 published by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, said that a baby boy born in Manchester could expect to have 17 fewer years of good health …

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