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Inequalities in mortality rates under New Labour

Dorling Danny, Shaw Mary and Smith George Davey

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/9781861348999.003.0003
Inequalities in mortality rates under New Labour

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This chapter examines the causes of the inequalities in mortality rates in England under the New Labour government. It explains that while the Acheson Report contained some focused policies, the overall force of the recommendations was considerably weakened by a lack of prioritisation, by being inadequately concrete, and by being uncosted. Thus, the recommendations on the necessity to reduce poverty and income inequalities appeared at the time to have similar status to those concerned with reducing traffic speed, or offering concessionary fares to pensioners. In addition, many of the recommendation were also too vague to be useful.

Keywords: mortality rates; inequalities; England; New Labour government; Acheson Report; poverty reduction; income inequalities

Chapter.  5279 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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