Health inequalities: a persistent problem

Sassi Franco

in Towards a more equal society?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422026
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304036 | DOI:
Health inequalities: a persistent problem

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This chapter examines health inequalities, an area subject to considerable prominence, a number of targets, and several government inquiries, but where policy action has been less clear. The long-term effects of the policies enacted by successive New Labour governments over the last 10 years remain uncertain, but the short- to medium-term impact of those policies has been disappointing. The government has been ambiguous and has lacked clarity of vision and transparency on at least two fronts: in assessing the implications of its choice of geographic inequalities as the top priority for government action; and in its persistent claims that overall health and lifestyle improvements would necessarily be accompanied by reductions in health inequalities.

Keywords: health inequalities; New Labour; Britain; lifestyle improvements; overall health

Chapter.  7697 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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