Government inaction over social injustice is failing children, says Marmot

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4828
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Social injustice is “killing 200 000 people in the UK every year” with an average loss of eight years of healthy life, a leading expert on health inequalities has said.

Michael Marmot said that the government, doctors, and other health professionals should do much more to improve healthy life expectancy for all, focusing not just on the poorest people but also on the rich and “people in the middle.” He said that austerity driven economic policies and enforced public health cuts were bad ideas and that the country was “failing children across the whole social gradient.”

Marmot is director of the University College London Institute of Health Equity and in 2010 led the Marmot review of health inequalities, Fair Society, Healthy Lives, for the UK government.

He spoke in London to launch his …

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