This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the influence of the policy agenda recommended by the Acheson Inquiry on the New Labour policy on reducing health inequalities. It discusses the significance of the Inquiry and its recommendations on how to reduce inequalities in health care in Great Britain. It describes the strategies adopted by the government that set out specifically to reduce health inequalities and examines the policies and programmes introduced during the New Labour's first ten years in office.
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