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Tuesday, July 6, 1999 Published at 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK


Public health White Paper in depth

The government has published a White Paper containing ambitious targets to improve the health of the nation, to save 300,000 lives over the next 10 years and to close the health gap between the rich and the poor.

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Major drive to improve the health of the nation
Ministers say the White Paper will tackle the "grotesque" health inequalities that exist between the richest and poorest people in society.

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Heart disease and stroke a top priority
The government wants to reduce the number of deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke in people under 75 by at least two-fifths by 2010.

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Cancer care could save thousands
Tough targets to reduce cancer deaths among people under 75 by at least a fifth over the next decade could save 6,000 lives a year.

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Children taught how to avoid accidents
Young people will be the prime target in a drive to cut deaths by accidents in the home, on roads and at work by at least a fifth by 2010.

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Drive to cut suicides and improve mental health
Ministers want to cut the number of suicides and deaths by "undetermined causes" by at least a fifth over the next ten years.

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