Letters Bad medicine: health promotion

We need to move away from relying on drugs to prevent lifestyle induced chronic disease

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3214 (Published 15 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3214
  1. Emmanuel Stamatakis, senior research associate1,
  2. Richard Weiler, honorary consultant in sport and exercise medicine2
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
  2. 2University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. e.stamatakis{at}ucl.ac.uk

Spence’s article is based on the misleading claim that health promotion in England costs £3.7bn (€4.6bn; $6bn) a year.1 This figure is taken from table 3 of the 2009 NHS Public Health and Expenditure report and includes drugs (£1.4bn), dental check-ups (£1bn), the heavily drugs oriented Quality and Outcomes …

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