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Big business should take a lead in public health

FPH President Professor Lindsey DaviesProfessor Lindsey Davies, President of the Faculty of Public Health, has called for large businesses to take greater responsibility for public health.

Speaking during a debate hosted by the King's Fund think tank, Professor Davies said: "I would like to see every big business have a defined leader in public health."

She said businesses should look seriously at what they could do for public health, making the maximum positive impact on health across all their activities, including helping their work force and local communities keep healthy.

To help them do this, they should ideally have a public health expert on their senior team, she said.

Professor Davies's comments were made during a debate on the future of public health following the publication of the NHS White Paper and ahead of government consultation on the upcoming Public Health White Paper.

During the debate, the Minister for Public Health, Anne Milton, outlined plans for GP commissioning and the development of a "public health service".

She said: "We are building a new kind of health service."

Ms Milton said that the Government wanted to see a stronger role for directors of public health, as well as public health policy which was "more evidence based, more research based".

  • Read the King's Fund's report on how to help people change unhealthy behaviours, Kicking Bad Habits.




Written: 28/07/2010 , last modified: 02/02/2011