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The Socialist Health Association (SHA) notes the public health green paper – Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, which was published on the 22nd July by the Cabinet Office.   We believe that this is a missed opportunity, which ignores much of the evidence on what works best to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Doing something at the level of communities, such as changing an ‘obesogenic’ environment, is more effective and much better value for money, than doing something one by one for individuals..  The paper also largely ignores the impact of poverty and the gross and worsening inequalities […]
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  Introduction   The  SHA Council agreed to pull together some of the existing policies on prevention and public health, introduce new proposals that have been identified and put them into a policy framework to influence socialist thinking, Labour Party (LP) manifestoes and future policy commitments. The SHA is not funded by the industry, charitable foundations or by governments. We are a socialist society which is affiliated to the Labour Party (LP) and we participate in the LP policy process and promote policies which will help build a healthier and fairer society within the UK and globally. An SHA working […]
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This is a draft policy not yet agreed. Addressing the social determinants of health is an important foundation for the health and wellbeing of our citizens. The fundamentals of life such as access to clean water and safe waste disposal; housing which provides enough space, clean air and efficient heating; education to achieve universal literacy and numeracy; jobs that protect health and ensure adequate income; and an environment which promotes healthy transport, green spaces and public amenities should all be assessed and developed as a holistic approach to public health. Local and national democratically accountable governments need to hold these […]
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Background This paper has been drafted to provide context for the Central Council discussions on the SHA policy for improving public health. By looking back 20 years to the last major policy debate on public health within the SHA it allows us to update policy in the context of our enduring core values whilst at the same time updating our priorities in the light of social changes, 21st century challenges such as global warming, the global epidemic of Non Communicable Diseases and the persistence of social and health inequalities. The debate is timely as there is still time for the […]
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CHARTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH published by the Public Health Alliance in 1992: The following are the essential basis of every citizen’s right to good health INCOME which provides the material means to remain healthy HOMES that are safe, warm, dry, secure and affordable FOOD that is safe, nourishing, widely available and affordable TRANSPORT that permits accessible, safe travel at reasonable cost and encourages fuel economy and a clean environment WORK that is properly rewarded, in or out of the home, which is worthwhile and free from hazards to health and safety ENVIRONMENTS which are protected from dangerous pollution and radiation, and […]
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