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Duncan Selbie: Health is wealth

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4322 (Published 19 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4322

Duncan Selbie’s new mantra is work, work, work. In his speech to Public Health England’s annual conference last week, the agency’s quietly inspirational chief executive said that getting people into work was in everyone’s interests

“I saw this poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone [which says “Health is Wealth”]. It seems to me that the most important thing that we have been learning is that health and wealth are inseparable and that a thriving economy is good for the health of the people. It is a virtuous circle.

“I want my …

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