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Public health experts split over deal with industry funded charity

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 19 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3942


Public Health England’s capture by the alcohol industry


Calling time on dumbing down our drinking culture

  1. Tom Moberly, UK editor, The BMJ
  1. tmoberly{at}

Public Health England’s decision to partner with Drinkaware has raised questions about how it should engage with the public. Tom Moberly talks to delegates at PHE’s annual conference

The decision by a leading physician to quit his role as an adviser to Public Health England (PHE) was front page news last week. Ian Gilmore, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist, objected to a partnership that the agency had launched with the industry funded alcohol education charity Drinkaware, and resigned as co-chair of PHE’s alcohol leadership board the day after the campaign launched.1

But Gilmore’s objections to the campaign were not news to Duncan Selbie, PHE’s chief executive. In fact, the Alcohol Health Alliance, which Gilmore chairs, wrote to Selbie on 3 August 2018 saying that the partnership risked watering down public messages. “This would be very damaging to public health and to the reputation of Public Health England as an independent and trusted source of public health evidence and advice to the …

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