Public health agency needed for Britain

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 02 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:269
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    Leading figures in health and public policy have called on the government to set up a dedicated public health agency to tackle heart disease in Britain. The agency would assess the health impact of all government policies–from transport to social services–and link national policies with local community health initiatives to ensure a fully integrated approach.

    The National Heart Forum said that, although mortality from heart disease had fallen by a third since the 1970s, the reduction in death rates in Britain was not as great as in other Western countries, such as the United States and Australia, where there has been a more vigorous national commitment to tackling …

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