CIEH reacts to PHE's 'Health Profile for England' report

Publication Date: 13th July 2017

Subject: Public health

Following the release of a Public Health England (PHE) report on the health of the population in England, Tony Lewis, CIEH’s Head of Policy, said: 

“Overall standards in England are better than they have ever been before and PHE’s landmark report demonstrates this by confirming that people are, in the main, living longer. However, the report also demonstrates that the way we live and widening societal inequalities has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of us all and on our most disadvantaged communities in particular.  Addressing the social determinants of health has always been and remains the core work of environmental health professionals.

“Environmental Health Professionals have an important and ongoing role to play in ensuring that our housing conditions, the food we eat, the air we breathe, the work we do and the places where we play are as safe and as healthy as possible, both now and into the future.

“Air quality in particular is a pressing issue and a current public health emergency. That’s why we have been urging the Government to revaluate their current approach of dumping the burden on local authorities to solve the problem and instead introduce a new Clean Air Act. Robust legislation that creates a comprehensive framework for delivering much needed improvements in air quality.”

ENDS 

Notes to editors 

For CIEH enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org

Link to PHE report ‘Health Profile for England’: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-profile-for-england 

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 7,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

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