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Health inequalities: Government must not abandon white paper, health leaders urge

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 30 September 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o2366

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Why a health inequalities white paper is still so vital and should not be scrapped

  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Healthcare leaders have urged the government not to abandon its delayed white paper on tackling health inequalities. amid reports that ministers are planning to axe it.

The Inequalities in Health Alliance, a coalition of over 155 medical organisations convened by the Royal College of Physicians, has signed a letter to the new health and social care secretary for England, Thérèse Coffey, urging her to maintain the government’s commitment to publish its white paper by the end of this year.1

The paper, which was due to set out plans for tackling the health inequalities that were exposed during the covid-19 pandemic,2 was promised earlier this year by former health secretary …

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