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Health inequality as a policy priority

Tim Blackman

in Placing health

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346117
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346117.003.0006
Health inequality as a policy priority

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This chapter discusses recent policy developments in Great Britain aimed at tackling health inequalities, focusing on the significance of the performance management of delivery. It discusses the roles of National Health Service (NHS) and local-government and health-impact assessments in addressing health inequalities. The chapter also highlights the tension between targets and performance management on the one hand, and local responsiveness and autonomy on the other, when using the neighbourhood as a setting for intervention.

Keywords: health inequalities; policy developments; Great Britain; performance management; NHS; local government; health-impact assessments; neighbourhood

Chapter.  13833 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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