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Letters Health and government policy

Directors of public health are pivotal in tackling health inequalities

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 20 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5013
  1. Michael Craig Watson, associate professor in public health1,
  2. Sylvia Tilford, president2
  1. 1University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, D86, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
  2. 2Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Welwyn AL6 0UD, UK
  1. Michael.Watson{at}

The BMJ reports on plans for government policy to tackle health inequalities.1

The health select committee’s report is clear about why public health is important and the key roles the NHS has to play.2 However, many doctors and nurses will need training and time to deliver additional preventive advice.

The committee’s report also …

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