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Letters Prioritising public health

Promoting the health of the population

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 14 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6195
  1. Michael C Watson, associate professor in public health1,
  2. John Lloyd, president2
  1. 1Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
  2. 2Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Welwyn, UK
  1. Michael.Watson{at}

The BMA is right to urge a prospective government to prioritise public health.1 Urgent action is needed in key areas including smoking, obesity, and mental health. However, individual topics should not be promoted in isolation.2 What we need is a long term strategic approach that also confronts the ubiquitous problem of inequalities. A new comprehensive strategy is …

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