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Government unveils health inequalities strategy

12th February 2010

Inequalities in health treatment are something the government will attempt to tackle over the next ten years, it has revealed.

The Department of Health (DoH) claims inequality in health provision now stands alongside crucial social factors such as climate change and sustainable communities in terms of their importance.

A major report conducted by Professor Sir Michael Marmot from University College London was published recently by the DoH and called for a focus on tackling the root causes of ill health and inequality.

“Both economic growth and improved health and well being are crucial measures of the country’s success,” a government statement declared, adding that continued action should not be ignored, even in the current economic climate.

Health secretary Andy Burnham said that the study showed the government still had “much to do” in the fight against disparities in health care provision but underlined the government’s commitment to tackling the problem.

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