During October we will be publishing our public health priorities, endorsed by the Secretary of State, on which we will be particularly focusing over the coming years. These will be in the seven areas of obesity, smoking, alcohol, dementia, every child getting a good start in life, antimicrobial resistance and tuberculosis.
The progress made in reducing the number of deaths from abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) over the last seven years has been absolutely remarkable. Deaths have fallen by two thirds. Our AAA screening programme, led by Mr Jonothan Earnshaw, working closely with the NHS and the Vascular Society, has been pivotal in driving the biggest changes in vascular service provision seen in a generation, with huge benefit.
On Friday last I had the enjoyable task of presenting certificates to the very first students in the country to earn the Royal Society for Public Health Level 2 qualification as Youth Health Champions.