All policies should be assessed for effect on health

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1558
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    The BMA has called for all major policies to be assessed in advance to see whether they will benefit people's health or have unintended consequences.

    The public health green paper for England, Our Healthier Nation, committed the government to introducing health impact assessment (HIA) but did not say how planners should go about it or how it should be enforced. In a new report, Health and Environmental Impact Assessment, the BMA proposes a series …

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