Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

All Change Please!

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

All Change Please!

Article excerpt

The UK Government published its White Paper on Public Health on 30th November 2010. We welcome the priority that it gives to health promotion, health protection and prevention. While many will ask if it is possible to dramatically increase public health capacity in these times of economic austerity?

Ion (p. 69) gives one example where the answer is definitely 'yes'. He describes how health prevention thinking is being embedded in the everyday work of health and social care employees, creating an 'extended sales force' for healthier living.

O'Brien et al.'s paper (p. 71) shines a light on people that are isolated from their families, community and wider society. Active engagement is helping them reintegrate into society, enabling them to feel part of a small social network, providing meaningful activity, and enhancing feelings of responsibility.

The White Paper emphasises a 'life course' approach, focusing on the specific health challenges at each age as we move from cradle to grave. Morgan (p. 64) argues that everyone aged 50 and above, should be encouraged to take aspirin. The balance of risk is shifting towards taking, rather than not avoiding, an aspirin a day. While some suffer internal bleeding from long-term or high doses, the humble aspirin is said to cut the risk of several cancers by as much as half, as well as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, dementia and more.

It can be argued that England's Primary are Trusts (PCTs) are well placed to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Nichols et al. (p. 82) recommend that if they are to be effective, then there is room for improvement in strengthening the relationships between public health specialists and other stakeholders.

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