Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 16 May 2014

This publication was withdrawn on 31 December 2014

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.



Our epidemiologists, microbiologists and public health experts have been at the forefront of the global work around the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), the new SARS-like virus that began to emerge about 18 months ago.

On Wednesday we published the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey, which reflects data from 2008 to 2012 and looks at the food and nutrient consumption of children and adults in the UK.

Keeping with the theme, inactivity is the fourth leading cause of ill health in the UK, equivalent to smoking in its contribution to chronic disease and premature death, costing the NHS over £1bn and society as a whole more than £6bn each year.

And finally, the winner of the Nursing Standard first annual award for Public Health Nursing which recognises an outstanding initiative or innovation which has demonstrably contributed to improving and protecting the public’s health is the Alcohol Day Detoxification Service run by Solent NHS Trust. Warm congratulations to them.