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Healthcare data reveal social, regional, and ethnic inequalities in the United Kingdom. Although the struggle against these disparities has been at the heart of the debate on public services since the 1990s, it remains a major political issue of particular sensitivity in the current social context. The grievances and frustrations experienced in some areas and the popularization of metaphors such as the “postcode lottery” are the consequence of the failure of successive governments to reduce geographical as well as wider social inequalities. This has become a political and electoral issue and a focus for debate—even tension—among citizens and between regions. Thus as in other European countries, healthcare has become a real geopolitical issue in the UK.
- A National Health Service with Deep Regional and Social Inequalities
- Does the Decentralized Organization of the Health Service Guarantee Attention to Specific Local Issues?
- Convergence of Regional, Social, and Ethnic Inequalities
- Health in the United Kingdom: A Geopolitical Issue
- Patients Facing a “Postcode Lottery”
- Health Inequalities: A Source of Tension between Areas
- Modernizing the System and Addressing Inequalities: Election Promises versus Political Reality. Modernizing the NHS: The New Labour Approach
- Challenging Inequalities: Social Action and Territorial Strategies