Public Health England confirms priorities for health and care for 2021-22
“Preventing the onset of avoidable physical and mental illness and improving health by tackling important public health issues, such as obesity and smoking, is a priority for the government." Health minister Jo Churchill MP
Health Minister Jo Churchill MP has written to Michael Brodie, Chief Executive. Public Health England (PHE) confirming its priorities 2021-22 and the role the government expects it to play in health and care system.
It says PHE should continue to work closely with, and provide data and analysis to, partners across the wider health and social care system, including local authorities and NHS trusts.
It must also continue to support UKHSA on health protection functions and the Covid response.
The minister said: “Preventing the onset of avoidable physical and mental illness and improving health by tackling important public health issues, such as obesity and smoking, is a priority for the government.”
The priorities are:
On mental health, it says PHE should work to identify and provide evidence and advice to support the alleviation of the impacts of COVID-19 on the public’s mental health, for example through programmes to:
PHE must also complete all ongoing evidence reviews and publish an evidence review on obesity with a particular focus on sugar reduction, to feed into future government obesity policy.
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