‘What counts is what works’? New Labour and partnerships in public health

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Neil Perkins School of Medicine and Health

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Clare Bambra School of Geography, Durham University, UK

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Kerry Joyce School of Geography, Durham University, UK

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Partnership working has been a central feature of New Labour's approach to the delivery of health and social policy since 1997. A number of partnership-based initiatives have centred on reducing health inequalities and improving health. This article reports on the findings from a systematic review of the impact of partnership working on public health, and considers whether these partnerships have delivered better health outcomes for local/target populations. It finds that there is little evidence that partnerships have produced better health outcomes for local/target populations or reduced health inequalities.

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