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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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Inequalities in mortality rates under New Labour

Inequalities in mortality rates under New Labour

(p.31) Three Inequalities in mortality rates under New Labour
Challenging health inequalities

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Smith George Davey

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This chapter examines the causes of the inequalities in mortality rates in England under the New Labour government. It explains that while the Acheson Report contained some focused policies, the overall force of the recommendations was considerably weakened by a lack of prioritisation, by being inadequately concrete, and by being uncosted. Thus, the recommendations on the necessity to reduce poverty and income inequalities appeared at the time to have similar status to those concerned with reducing traffic speed, or offering concessionary fares to pensioners. In addition, many of the recommendation were also too vague to be useful.

Keywords:   mortality rates, inequalities, England, New Labour government, Acheson Report, poverty reduction, income inequalities

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