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The public health system in England$
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David J. Hunter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424631

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424631.001.0001

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Looking to the future

Looking to the future

(p.149) SIX Looking to the future
The public health system in England

David J Hunter

Linda Marks

Katherine E Smith

Policy Press

This chapter looks ahead to some of the key threats to the health of the public and the challenges facing a public health system in future. These include climate change and environmental concerns; the need for a concern for health and wellbeing to permeate a far wider range of policies, tasks and activities than at present and to become a priority for those working in fields that would not normally be considered relevant to public health; and the thorny and persistent subject of health inequalities, which, arguably, is more a matter of social justice than health policy. The discussion suggests that a strong and confident public health system will contribute effectively to meeting these challenges. The global economic crisis could also provide an opportunity to find new ways of making progress that does not compromise sustainability.

Keywords:   public health threats, climate change, health inequalities, health policies, social justice, global economic crisis

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