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Studying health inequalitiesAn applied approach$
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Jonathan Wistow, Tim Blackman, David Byrne, and Gerald Wistow

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305286

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305286.001.0001

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Health inequalities post 2010

Health inequalities post 2010

Six Health inequalities post 2010
Studying health inequalities

Jonathan Wistow

Tim Blackman

David Byrne

Gerald Wistow

Policy Press

The chapter begins by summarising evidence about New Labour’s record on heath inequalities and considers the implications of this given the shift from relatively high levels of public expenditure on services to a programme of austerity that framed much of the Coalition government’s agenda and policies that followed. This programme of austerity was not shared equally across the country with areas with higher levels of health inequalities tending to be most affected by cuts in spending. While the Coalition considered health inequalities to be a concern for government it did so whilst trying to refute that economic inequalities have social effects. The chapter then includes a detailed discussion of the Coalition’s health policy by exploring the Health and Social Care Act 2012; the Marmot Review; the transfer of public health responsibilities to local government; and the localism agenda. The potential implications for health inequalities are considered and the chapter concludes by arguing that immediate prospects for addressing health inequalities effectively seem to be more limited than under the previous New Labour administration.

Keywords:   economic and social inequalities, austerity and public spending cuts, spatial inequalities, neo-liberal economics, coalition government, health and social care act 2012

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