Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 21 June 2013

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 21 June 2013

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On Wednesday, the Home Secretary led a discussion on gang and youth violence with Professor Kevin Fenton, Professor Mark Bellis and me, along with Professor Steve Field, NHS England’s lead director on inequalities. Although often seen solely as a problem for criminal justice services, violence is very much a public health concern. Treating the direct consequences of violence costs the NHS nearly £3 billion every year – about the same as smoking – but the hidden costs are far greater.

Published 21 June 2013