Public health

Public health is about helping people to stay healthy and avoid getting ill, so this includes work on a whole range of policy areas such as immunisation, nutrition, tobacco and alcohol, drugs recovery, sexual health, pregnancy and children’s health.

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New start date and more funding announced for local HealthWatch bodies

Further details on the establishment of local HealthWatch bodies, including a new start date and extra funding, have been set out by Health Minister Andrew Lansley. Following feedback from local … Read more → – New start date and more funding announced for local HealthWatch bodies

Smokers get help to quit

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A national TV and radio advertising campaign has been launched today to encourage smokers to quit. From today smokers can pick up a new and improved NHS Quit Kit from … Read more → – Smokers get help to quit

Health Visitor Implementation Progress Report

The Health Visitor Implementation report published today, sets out progress on key areas of the Health Visitor Implementation programme, which began in February 2011. The key aim of the programme … Read more → – Health Visitor Implementation Progress Report

Tobacco displays in supermarkets to be removed by 6 April

Large shops will no longer be able to display tobacco products to the public from 6 April 2012 – there are just 100 days to go before removal of all … Read more → – Tobacco displays in supermarkets to be removed by 6 April

Nutrition Interested Parties (IP) letter published

The Department represents the UK at meetings in Brussels to develop EU legislation on nutrition and health claims.  The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health met on … Read more → – Nutrition Interested Parties (IP) letter published

Snow wardens and winter workers to help people keep safe this winter

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Tens of thousands of people across the country will get help during the cold weather following 163 successful proposals from councils for a share of £20 million of Government funding … Read more → – Snow wardens and winter workers to help people keep safe this winter

Public health reform updates published

More details of the design of the new public health system, specifically the role and responsibilities of local government in public health, the operating model for the new executive agency … Read more → – Public health reform updates published