I wonder if other readers have noticed the uncanny resemblance between the draft green paper, Our Healthier Nation (News, page 5, News Focus, pages 12-13, and Comment, 22 January), and The Health of the Nation white paper published in 1992 by the Conservative government.
The Health of the Nation (appendix F, paragraphs 15-17) says: 'In England, as in all other westernised countries, there are variations in health status between different socio-economic groups within the population...' The reasons for these variations are by no means fully understood. They are likely to be the result of a complex interplay of genetic, biological, social, environmental, cultural and behavioural factors'.
Our Healthier Nation says: 'The government does not propose at this stage to set national targets to narrow health inequalities... Because the causation is complex and many factors inter-react, it is not possible to set realistic quantified targets for greater health equality at this stage.'
Are the strategies by any chance related?
EQUAL (Equity in Health Research and Development Unit),
Department of public health,