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Inequalities in Health 'Must Be Tackled'

Magazine article Public Finance

Inequalities in Health 'Must Be Tackled'

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NHS organisations must show they are tackling health inequalities or risk receiving a lower performance rating, the Healthcare Commission said this week.

As it launched its three-year strategic plan, the commission said efforts to reduce inequalities in access to care and the health of the population would be a major element in its new annual assessment of NHS performance.

Anna Walker, the commissions chief executive, said: 'Large inequalities in health persist and in some cases are widening. We know that the risks of premature death and ill health are clustered around some geographical areas and identifiable groups.'

The death rate among babies of Pakistani-born mothers was almost double the national average, while unskilled manual male workers were three times more likely to die from coronary heart disease than their professional counterparts. …

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