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Health: Inequalities

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

Statement

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health (Alan Johnson) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The House of Commons Health Select Committee published its report on health inequalities on 15 March 2009. The government response to this report (Cm 7621) has been laid before Parliament today.

The government response welcomes the committee’s support for its work on health inequalities. Cross-government action on health inequalities has helped contribute to major improvements in the health of the people in disadvantaged groups and areas over the past 10 years. The Government also welcome the committee’s support for the health inequalities target, for the post-2010 strategic review of health inequalities announced on 6 November 2008, and for the practical suggestions contained in the report.

The Government have used the experience of the past 10 years to shape their approach to the health inequalities agenda and develop practical, evidence-based programmes and policies. We are committed to continue this work.