Michael Marmot

Health as a social justice issue

Alan Johnson has enjoyed a less than glittering career as Home Secretary. His impulsive dismissal of David Nutt as chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs cemented a reputation as a politician uninterested in research evidence. So it is worth remembering that it was Johnson who, as Health Secretary, set up the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England, which reported this week.

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