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Challenging health inequalitiesFrom Acheson to choosing health$
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Elizabeth Dowler and Nick J. Spencer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348999

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348999.001.0001

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Progress in tackling health inequalities: a policy maker’s reflections

Progress in tackling health inequalities: a policy maker’s reflections

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Challenging health inequalities

Earwicker Ray

Policy Press

This chapter investigates how the New Labour government's policy on health inequalities in England has developed and how the Acheson Report and its recommendations have contributed to its development. It suggests that Acheson laid the foundation for health targets and national targets and that its influence was largely due to its style and content. It explains that the Acheson Report is independent and scientific in nature and it offers a broad view of influences on health inequalities.

Keywords:   health inequalities, New Labour, England, Acheson Report, national targets, health policy

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