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Clean Air Strategy, Obesity Awareness Week, Minister for Hunger

Clean Air Strategy, Obesity Awareness Week, Minister for Hunger

14th January 2019

Today Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock gave two speeches – ‘Air pollution is a health emergency’ and ‘Tackling obesity is a shared responsibility for society’.

Together with Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary of State Michael Gove MP, Matt launched the Clean Air Strategy 2019 published today. The strategy sets out how we will: protect the nation’s health; protect the environment; secure clean growth and innovation; reduce emissions from transport, homes, farming and industry; and monitor our progress.

Also, kicking-off Obesity Awareness Week 2019 starting today, Matt spoke about societies shared responsibility and the importance of embedding prevention into each element of the NHS. Building upon Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, a policy paper was published this weekend exploring how policies in chapters 1 and 2 can work together.

Continuing this focus on public health and prevention, I would like to draw your attention to last weeks’ Environmental Audit Committee’s call to Government to appoint a Minister for Hunger and recommendation that Government update its obesity strategy ‘to take account of the close relationship between obesity, hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in the UK.’

Looking forward, for tomorrow is scheduled the meaningful vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, but taking place before that, is Health and Social Care Oral Questions. Also, most likely taking place before the vote as well is the 2.30 pm Oral Evidence Session by the Health and Social Care Committee on the NHS Long Term Plan.  Tune in on Parliamentlive.tv to hear evidence given by the Health Foundation, Nuffield Trust, The King’s Fund, NHS Confederation, NHS Providers, NHS Clinical Commissioners, National Association of Primary care and the Local Government Association.

Finally on Thursday, the APHG will hear from NICE Chief Executive Sir Andrew Dillon on what he considers to be the priorities of the organisation. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries related to this meeting or would like to hear more about our events programme going forward.I wish you all a lovely week.

Best wishes,Emelie de Wagt

Health Policy Manager,

Policy Connect

020 72028580