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Letters Solving health inequality

Inequity of access to healthcare is still a problem in the NHS

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3761
  1. S Michael Crawford, clinical lead for research1
  1. 1Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Keighley BD20 6TD, UK
  1. michael.crawford{at}

Hawkes argues that, so long after the inception of the NHS, inequalities of access to healthcare over the socioeconomic spectrum must make a trivial contribution to disparities in outcomes.1 The evidence is clear that this is not the case.

The economic status of a patient’s immediate area of residence has a bearing on whether any treatment for …

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