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Letters Public health priorities for 2020

Inequalities in 2020: time for a health strategy that unites the country

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 11 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m544
  1. Michael Craig Watson, trustee1,
  2. Patricia Owen, professor and head2
  1. 1Institute of Health Promotion and Education, PO Box 7409, Lichfield WS14 4LS, UK
  2. 2School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University, Stoke on Trent, UK
  1. mcwatson100{at}

Peter English is right to stress the importance of tackling the ubiquitous problem of inequalities and to highlight interventions that could make a significant improvement to the country’s health.1 A wealth of evidence linking deprivation with poor health has now accumulated and the excellent Lancet study adds further weight to this research.2

Doctors, nurses, and health visitors have considerable roles to play …

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