Health Action Campaign calls for increased investment in public health in England

We're asking the government to do this to prevent ill health, reduce health inequalities, and support a sustainable NHS and social care.

And we’re doing this in partnership with 80 other organisations - including Age UK, the British Heart Foundation, the British Medical Association, Cancer Research UK, Dementia UK, Diabetes UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, the Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons.

In principle we should be pushing at an open door:

  • The former Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May, called for a renewed focus on the prevention of ill-health.
  • The NHS Five Year Forward View argues “the future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health”.
  • Prevention is better than cure - Our vision to help you live well for longer. That was the title of a government vision paper published last November.

Public health is clearly on the front line when it comes to preventing illness, helping people grow up in healthier environments and supporting them to make healthy choices. The successful action to reduce childhood obesity in Leeds, which we recently reported on, is a good example of the difference a public health approach can make - while taking a public health approach in Glasgow has even reduced problems like knife crime. 

We hope the government will now take appropriate action and make the practical commitment and investment needed to improve the nation’s health.

You can see here the Statement on Public Health which we have signed.