Editorials

Health of the working age population

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39532.509815.80 (Published 27 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:682
  1. David Snashall, senior lecturer in occupational medicine
  1. 1King’s College London School of Medicine, Occupational Health Department, St Thomas’s Hospital, London SE1 7EH
  1. david.snashall{at}gstt.nhs.uk

    New report recommends integration of occupational health into mainstream health care

    On 17 March 2008, Dame Carol Black launched her review of the health of the United Kingdom’s working age population, “Working for a Healthier Tomorrow.”1 Importantly, the review was presented to the secretary of state for work and pensions as well as the secretary of state for health. Dame Carol’s position as national director for health and work straddles the two departments that, along with the Health and Safety Executive (sponsored by the Department of Work and Pensions), have been working together since 2005 on a health, work, and wellbeing agenda.2

    The review was informed by a “call for evidence,” which produced more than 260 written responses from various organisations including occupational health organisations, patient groups, employers, local councils, trades unions, and even the “big lottery fund.”

    The review is reminiscent of the report published by Dame Carol’s predecessor as president of the Royal College of Physicians, Sir Douglas Black, in 1980.3 …

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