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Fighting poverty, inequality and injusticeA manifesto inspired by Peter Townsend$
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Alan Walker, Adrian Sinfield, and Carol Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427151

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.001.0001

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Addressing health inequalities: building on Peter Townsend’s legacy

Addressing health inequalities: building on Peter Townsend’s legacy

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(p.175) nine Addressing health inequalities: building on Peter Townsend’s legacy
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Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice
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Margaret Whitehead

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.003.0009

This chapter considers health inequalities, an area in which Peter used his science and his art to press for more effective action. It notes that far from allowing the Conservative government at the time to bury the findings of the Black Report on health inequalities, which focused on the social determinants of health, Peter's efforts turned it into a Penguin best-seller with three editions. It also draws on Peter's work to discuss both the nature of the national and global challenges that remain, as well as considering the link between poverty and health.

Keywords:   health inequalities, Conservative government, Black Report on health inequalities, social determinants of health, poverty and health

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