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Letters Under the influence

The Spanish experience of public-private partnerships with the drinks and food industries

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 05 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1189
  1. Miguel A Royo-Bordonada, medical doctor1
  1. 1Public Health Association of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  1. royo1967{at}

Gornall shows how the drinks industry strongly influences public health policy.1 It seems that the public health responsibility deal favoured corporations by giving them privileged access to the health policy table and the opportunity to co-finance government health promotion campaigns. The Spanish government may be following a similar path.

On 19 December 2013 the Ministry of Health launched an underage drinking prevention campaign funded by the Spanish Spirits Federation. …

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