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Letters Tackling the crisis in general practice

Prioritising prevention and health promotion

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 08 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1333
  1. Michael C Watson, associate professor in public health1,
  2. Mark Forshaw, subject leader in health and applied psychology2
  1. 1University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, D86, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
  2. 2Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK
  1. Michael.Watson{at}

We agree with many of the points made by Roland and Everington, but think they missed one of the elephants in the room: public health.[1] Urgent action is needed in key areas including alcohol, mental health, and obesity. We believe there is a growing consensus that public health action …

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