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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2000): Public Health - UK

HEALTH ADVICE 'NANNIES' KILLED OFF BY MINISTERS

M. Woolf

Daily Telegraph, Jan. 12th 2000, p.1

Reports that the Health Education Authority is to be closed as part of a shake-up in the way ministers inform the nation on how to lead healthier lives. The government has decided to abandon 'nannying' campaigns, warning of the dangers of sitting in the sun and drinking too much in favour of focusing targets for reducing cancer, strokes, heart disease and suicide.

LOTTO BOTHER

H. Chesser

Health Service Journal, vol. 110, Jan. 20th 2000, p.31

The healthy living centre is a government initiative designed to encourage health-promoting activities in disadvantaged areas. It is funded through lottery money allocated in a competitive bidding process. Bids have to be made by community groups in partnership with statutory organisations. The complexity and cost of bidding can be a struggle for community groups also targeted by many other initiatives.

PUBLIC HEALTH BODY TO END 'CONTRACT CULTURE'

L. Donnelly

Health Service Journal, vol. 10, Jan. 20th 1999, p.10

The Health Development Agency which replaces the Health Education Authority in April will have four key functions: to map the evidence base and disseminate information on public health outcomes, establish quality standards on workforce 'capacity and capability', support government work on health inequalities and research innovative means of health promotion. Public health information campaigns will in future be carried out by the Department of Health.

THE WIDENING GAP: HEALTH INEQUALITIES AND POLICY IN BRITAIN

M. Shaw et al

Bristol: Policy Press, 1999

The key policy that will reduce inequalities in health is the alleviation of poverty through the reduction of inequalities in income and wealth. There is widespread public support for poverty reduction in Britain and the government has pledged to eliminate childhood poverty by 2020. Poverty can be reduced by raising the standards of living of poor people through increasing, their incomes 'in cash' or 'in kind'. The costs would be borne by the rich and would reduce inequalities overall, simultaneously reducing inequalities in health.

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