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Social inequalities in health: The impact of independent inquiries in the U.K.

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Despite the burden of accidental injury, the topic has been one of the most neglected areas for preventive action, the commissioning of research, and the education and training of health professionals. In the U.K., historically no single agency or speciality has ‘owned' the prevention of unintentional injuries, either at national government or local levels. This can lead, at worst, to a failure to act or at best a lack of co-ordination or duplication of effort. While there may be a lack of clarity of ownership, there is no lack of involvement in the subject. Over the last decade successive governments have targeted accident mortality in our national health and road transport strategies. Government policy initiatives such as The Health of the Nation, and Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation have been positive moves towards defining the key role of the health sector. They have advocated better inter-departmental co-ordination of initiatives and defined more clearly the leadership role of the health sector for accident prevention as a whole.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2001


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