The Black Report and The Health Divide Black report


This witness seminar, on the 1980 Report of the Working Group on Inequalities in Health (known as the Black Report after its chairman) was held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on 19th April 1999. It was part of a one-day conference on ‘inequalities and history’ which preceded a conference on inequalities at the School. The seminar was chaired by Professor Virginia Berridge, and amongst the witnesses were Sir Douglas Black, the Committee Chair, Professor Jerry Morris and Professor Peter Townsend, both Committee Members.

As well as the transcript of the discussion, this page contains links to:

An accompanying memoir by Patrick Jenkin, Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Security at the time of the Report.

A summary of an interview conducted by Berridge with Richard Wilkinson, then an academic researcher examining health inequalities and social class, on the origins of the Black Report.

These three articles were originally published in October 2002 in the journal Contemporary British History as part of a special issue on ‘Poor Health: Social Inequality Before and After the Black Report’. They are made available here with permission of the editors of Contemporary British History.

The Black Report and the Health Divide

Dispelling the myths of the Black Report

The Origin of the Black report R Wikinson