Government must not shy away from bold action on public health, says MP

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 22 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6319
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

A leading Conservative MP has urged the government to take bolder action to reduce health inequalities and to not fear driving citizens “into the arms of UKIP.”

Sarah Wollaston, who chairs the health select committee and is a former GP, said that people wanted to see tougher measures being introduced that could significantly improve public health. But she feared that the recent Brexit referendum and US election results might lead ministers to back away from steps that could be “seen or interpreted as nanny state.” She said, “It’s one thing to talk the talk on health inequalities, but we now need to see the government walking the …

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