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Towards a more equal society?Poverty, inequality and policy since 1997$
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John Hills, Tom Sefton, and Kitty Stewart

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422026

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.001.0001

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Health inequalities: a persistent problem

Health inequalities: a persistent problem

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(p.134) (p.135) SEVEN Health inequalities: a persistent problem
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Towards a more equal society?
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Sassi Franco

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0008

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

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