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Government’s public health responsibility deal is met with scepticism

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1702 (Published 15 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1702
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

A national agreement between the UK government and the food and drinks industry launched today has met with a sceptical reaction from health professionals and charities.

The “responsibility deal,” an agreement between the government, the industry, and health organisations, contains a series of voluntary pledges aimed at improving public health in England, but several health bodies and charities have refused to sign up to it.

In addition to the likes of the BMA and Alcohol Concern, which have already pulled out of the deal (BMJ 2011;342:d1659, 14 Mar, doi:10.1136/bmj.d1659), Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation have now also withdrawn.

The health secretary, Andrew Lansley, launching the deal, said that joint working meant that the deal could deliver faster and better results …

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