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Threats to Public Health: AMR, Air Pollution, Climate Change, and other Societal Challenges (Knife Crime)

Threats to Public Health: AMR, Air Pollution, Climate Change, and other Societal Challenges (Knife Crime)

11th March 2019

After last week's news update being packed with large NHS-focused announcement and changes (e.g. legislative NHS proposals and Simon Stevens becoming Chief Executive of both NHS England and Improvement), the past week's news rather focused on the wider area's of health and complex societal issues. Starting with this weekend's statement by Health Minister Baroness Blackwood who announced £56m for research to tackle serious threats to public health like air pollution, climate change, global pandemics and antimicrobial resistance - some of the biggest challenges facing health and care systems globally.

The APHG will learn more about one of these wider issues tomorrow when we will hear from the UK's leading global advocate on antimicrobial resistance - Prof Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England. Dame Sally will discuss with us the Government's new 5-year AMR strategy and 20-year vision both published earlier this year. 

Also in light of public health and complex crises, last week Government was asked to make a further statement following Monday 4 March's urgent question regarding knife crime. Victoria Atkins MP was the minister responding and referred to the Serious Violence Strategy and reaffirmed the Home Secretaries statement earlier last week that he would launch a very soon a consultation on a statutory public health duty of care to respond to the crisis of knife crime. This consultation comes along other investments in young people and approaches to drivers of crime, such as the Independent Drugs Review led by Prof Dame Carol Black.

Last Friday was International Women's Day, and in both Houses during debates on this topic, amongst other things, the issues of female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual and reproductive health needs, mental health problems and violence against women resulting in health conditions and were raised. Read the full Common's debate here and the Lord's debate here. Also, if interested, read here more about the FGM Bill (Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [Lords]) currently progressing through Parliament.

In our weekly Parliamentary Monitoring Bulleting (get in touch to subscribe) we looked at the past week in Parliament. I would like to draw your attention to the transcripts of the Health and Social Care's first oral evidence session into Availability of Orkambi on the NHS and their second session looking at Immersive and addictive technologies. Also, and I declare a personal interest as being from the Netherlands, I wanted to highlight an inquiry by the Transport Committee into Active Travel and the benefits and risks of e.g. cycling. Finally, to read what health-related topics are on the Parliamentary calendar for the rest of this week, again subscribe to our Bulletin to read our section on the week ahead in Parliament

Have a lovely week. 

Best wishes,

Emelie de Wagt

Health Policy Manager, Policy Connect

020 72028574