I've attached below information on a viewpoint paper published in this weeks Lancet by Adam Oliver, Andrew Healey and Julian Le Grand which is available freely on-line. Their viewpoint argues that before adopting a policy on health inequalities firstly a strong ethical framework is required to determine which inequalities are inequitable, and following this secondly to assess proposed policies for their value for money.
They argue that "It would be undesirable for any society if health-inequality policy took precedence over all other considerations, and if health inequalities--even when they are deemed inequitable--were addressed at all costs. Ethics and social science, rather than agenda setting and lobbying, should take centre stage in this international policy debate."
LSE Health and Social Care
Addressing health inequalities
A J Oliver, A T Healey, J LeGrand
Lancet 2002; 360: 565-67