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“Responsibility deal” is unlikely to produce health benefits, says report

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5791 (Published 12 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5791
  1. Stephen Ginn

The government’s public health “responsibility deal” is an “irresponsible” and “inadequate” response to England’s public health problems, says a new report.

The responsibility deal is at the centre of the coalition government’s health strategy. It involves partnerships between public health, commercial, and voluntary organisations to improve public health without legislation (BMJ 2011;342:d1702, doi:10.1136/bmj.d1702).

The report, from the Children’s Food Campaign, which works to improve the health of young people, criticises the deal’s pledges aimed at the food industry.

“The responsibility deal’s pledges are minor, and even these have not been universally adopted,” says a report coauthor, Charlie Powell, campaign …

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