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The Work Foundation responds to today’s Department of Health white paper

Stephen Overell

30 November 2010

For immediate release: 30 November 2010

Responding to the government’s white paper, Healthy Lives, Healthy People, Stephen Overell, associate director-policy, at The Work Foundation said:

'Public health is not just a health service problem so the emphasis on sharing responsibility and making local government the key players in the system should help to de-medicalise the issue. But local government is facing deep budget cuts and undergoing considerable organisational turmoil so introducing this reform by 2013 is ambitious.'

More detail needs to be filled in about how the government plans to work 'in partnership' with so many different agencies, not least employers. The government has rightly highlighted the value of having work and the high costs attached to mental ill-health and stress in terms of absence: these are big moves forward in terms of enhancing public health. Beyond initiatives such as Fit for Work, it would be good to see more emphasis on how work and work organisation can support public wellbeing policy and how occupational health can be enhanced.'


Notes to editors

1. Stephen Overell is available for interviews and briefings.
2. The Work Foundation is the leading independent authority on work and its future. It aims to improve the quality of working life and the effectiveness of organisations by equipping leaders, policymakers and opinion-formers with evidence, advice, new thinking and networks.

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