Letter: Death in Harlem, not Bangladesh

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Death in Harlem,

not Bangladesh

Sir: The announcement of an inquiry into the social causes of health to be led by Sir Donald Acheson (report, 11 June) is most welcome. The need for it is illustrated by health statistics from the world's richest nation, the US, where a child born in Harlem today is likely to die younger than a child born on the same day in Bangladesh - the world's poorest nation.

Unless serious action is taken to reverse the growing health inequalities in the UK, we shall inevitably end up in the same situation here.

DONALD REID

Chief Executive

Association for Public Health

London WC1

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