This paper highlights how general improvements in the health of the UK population hide worrying inequalities with respect to income and membership of social class groupings. Part of the Policy futures for UK health - Pathfinder Technical Series.
Poverty, unemployment and poor housing lead to poor health outcomes. An older UK population is expected in 2015 and, in the longer term, an increasing dependency ratio is expected. These demographic shifts will have policy consequences for the UK population in terms of maintaining and improving the health and wellbeing of older people and financing health care services in the future.
Dargie C (1999) Demography. Analysing trends and policy issues in births, deaths and diseases in the UK population in 2015. Briefing. Policy futures for UK health - Pathfinder Technical Series No 3. Nuffield Trust.