Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Editorial

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Editorial

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The long-term survival of the human race will depend upon us becoming more responsible for each other's health and well-being.

At the most basic level, we all have a duty of care to ensure that we do not cause accidents or contravene established health and safety practices. Much has already been said about the necessity for better hand washing by health professionals and for more stringent hospital cleanliness to prevent the spread of infections such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus); to these can be added the requirement for safer waste disposal. The NHS is now one of the major producers of waste, much of it potentially lethal, and more needs to be done to guarantee appropriate disposal (p.15).

Because we live in a society where people are becoming increasingly isolated and lonely, we owe it to our most vulnerable neighbours to look after their welfare better. This is most essential in the cold of winter, when hypothermia kills a disproportionate number of elderly people (p.18). Although getting older can undoubtedly have its advantages, life's hardships often begin to outweigh the benefits. We ought therefore to constantly seek ways to make aging more acceptable (p.35). Individuals with learning difficulties often get marginalised in today's hectic lifestyles, but they are as much part of society as anyone else and deserve to be recognised as such (p. 16).

Medical research continues to move on apace with yet more subtle diagnoses being made of specific conditions (p. …

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