Clinicians’ offer to help monitor public health responsibility deal is ignored by government

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 23 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3988
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

An offer by clinicians to help monitor and evaluate the effects of the government’s responsibility deal with the food and drinks industry on public health has been ignored so far, MPs have been told.

The national responsibility deal agreement between the government and the food and drinks industry, which was launched in March, contains a series of voluntary pledges aimed at improving public health, including improved labelling on calorie and alcohol contents of food and drink and efforts to improve promote physical activity and health through the workplace (BMJ 2011;342:d1702; doi:10.1136/bmj.d1702).

Many health bodies and charities refused to sign up to it, including the BMA, Alcohol Concern, and the UK Alcohol Health Alliance, which comprises 32 health organisations …

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