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.
Ministers say the White Paper will tackle the "grotesque" health inequalities that exist between the richest and poorest people in society.
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.
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.
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.
Ministers want to cut the number of suicides and deaths by "undetermined causes" by at least a fifth over the next ten years.