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Health Inequalities Rising despite Government Targets

Magazine article Public Finance

Health Inequalities Rising despite Government Targets

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MPs have criticised the government for failing to meet its targets for reducing the health gap between the rich and the poor.

A report released by the Commons' health select committee on March 15 said health inequalities in England were now 4% wider among men and 1 1% wider among women than they were a decade ago.

This is despite the government setting itself some of the strictest targets in the world in areas such as infant mortality and life expectancy.

The committee criticised the government for introducing policies that were not based on evidence and impossible to evaluate.

'Governments have spent large sums of money on social experiments to reduce health inequalities, but we do not know whether these experiments have worked. . . the latest initiative on Healthy Towns has all the failings of previous policies,* the MPs said.

Their report also argued that 'wanton large-scale experimentation' was unethical. …

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