Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England
Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health by Command of Her Majesty
Available online PDF [98p.] at: http://bit.ly/e5jzOE
This White Paper outlines a radical shift in the way we tackle public health challenges. We have to be bold because so many of the lifestyle-driven health problems we see today are already at alarming levels.
Health inequalities between rich and poor have been getting progressively worse. We still live in a country where the wealthy can expect to live longer than the poor.
The dilemma for government is this: it is simply not possible to promote healthier lifestyles through
We need a new approach that empowers individuals to make healthy choices and gives communities the tools to address their own, particular needs. The plans set out in this White Paper put local communities at the heart of public health. We will end central control and give local government the freedom, responsibility and funding to innovate and develop their own ways of improving public health in their area. There will be real financial incentives to reward their progress on improving health and reducing health inequalities, and greater transparency so people can see the results they achieve.
We are simplifying the way we organise things nationally, too, with a dedicated new public health service – Public Health
Executive Summary: Our strategy for public health in
1. Seizing opportunities for better health
2. A radical new approach
3. Health and wellbeing throughout life
4. A new public health system with strong local and national leadership
5. Making it happen
Annex: A vision for the role of Director of Public Health
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