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Public Health Responsibility Deal in Danger of Collapse

August 2, 2013
Public Health

Birmingham City Council have followed the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) in withdrawing from the Government?s Public Health Responsibility Deal in protest at U-turns over minimum alcohol pricing and plain cigarette packets. The Faculty of Public Health and Cancer Research UK have also pulled out of the deal that was launched in 2011 with the intention of tapping into the potential for businesses and other influential organisations to make a significant contribution to improving public health. Collective pledges covering alcohol, food, health at work, and physical activity?set out the specific actions that partners agree to take to support the deal.

Commenting on the decision to pull out of the deal, Birmingham?s cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing? Cllr Steve Bedser said ?We?re withdrawing from the deal because we feel the Government has already broken the deal and is not acting responsibly,the two things that are driving this are our concerns about the Government?s failure to implement plain packaging and the failure to tackle cheap super strength alcohol. These failures will lead to more lives tragically being lost in the city,”

There was another blow for the deal this week after tests showed that all of Britain?s multiple retailers had failed to achieve the targets for salt reduction in their ham and other cured meat products. Now dominated by major manufacturers, Dr john Middleton Vice President of the Faculty of Public Health summed up the thoughts of many health professionals saying; ? I think the Public Health Responsibility Deal is dead in the water now.??

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