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Progress in tackling health inequalities: a policy maker’s reflections

Earwicker Ray

in Challenging health inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348999
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.003.0002
Progress in tackling health inequalities: a policy maker’s reflections

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This chapter investigates how the New Labour government's policy on health inequalities in England has developed and how the Acheson Report and its recommendations have contributed to its development. It suggests that Acheson laid the foundation for health targets and national targets and that its influence was largely due to its style and content. It explains that the Acheson Report is independent and scientific in nature and it offers a broad view of influences on health inequalities.

Keywords: health inequalities; New Labour; England; Acheson Report; national targets; health policy

Chapter.  5112 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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