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Tackling Health Inequalities - A Programme for Action

The Programme for action, published on 2 July 2003, sets out a three-year plan to carry forward the recommendations in the 2002 Cross-Cutting Spending Review on health inequalities; ensuring departments deliver on their commitments and that local action reflects this agenda.

It provides the basis for meeting the 2010 national health inequalities target on life expectancy (by geographical area) and infant mortality (by social class) by building on current work, and addressing the wider causes of inequalities in the years beyond.

The Programme is organised around four themes to enable action on a broad front:

  • supporting families, mothers and children – to ensure the best possible start in life and break the inter-generational cycle of health
  • engaging communities and individuals – to ensure relevance, responsiveness and sustainability
  • preventing illness and providing effective treatment and care – making certain that the NHS provides leadership and makes the contribution to reducing inequalities that is expected of it
  • addressing the underlying determinants of health – dealing with the long term underlying causes of health inequalities

The Department of Health's Health Inequalities Unit will be responsible for monitoring the work across Government to tackle health inequalities.

Hard copies of the Programme are available from Department of Health Publications. Quoting reference number 32366 please email doh@prolog.uk.com or telephone: 08701 555 455.


copyright: © | published: 30 October, 2003


Tackling health inequalities - A programme for action (report cover)

Tackling Health Inequalities - A Programme for Action is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) - size: 666kb pdf logo

The Executive Summary can also be viewed online: view the executive summary

Press release: 2 July 2003 - "Tackling Health Inequality a Priority for us all"