0014 How do we eliminate occupational diseases in great britain?

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Abstract

In our view there is an inverse care law operating in Great Britain (GB), in that access to occupational health services (OHS), which are adequate to find occupational diseases (ODs) at an early enough stage to prevent progression, is accessible to only the circa 13% of the labour force1, who are mostly at low risk2.

This is because:

The result of the above is that workers in GB are unjustly denied early detection of harm to their health, with prompt compensation and the opportunity to avoid further harmful exposures.

Unless action is taken to address these issues, by accurately ascertaining the distribution and addressing the determinants of ODs, their elimination will not be achieved in GB.

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