Public health is about helping people to stay healthy, and protecting them from threats to their health. The government wants everyone to be able to make healthier choices, regardless of their circumstances, and to minimise the risk and impact of illness.

Policies 8

  1. Planning for health emergencies

    In emergency situations, the government wants to be ready to protect people’s health and prevent deaths.

  2. Helping more people survive cancer

    We’re improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and helping survivors to live more comfortably.

  3. Reducing smoking

    The government wants to reduce the harm tobacco causes by stopping people taking up smoking and helping more people to quit.

  4. Reducing harmful drinking

    The government is making it easier for people who drink to do so responsibly, and it is improving alcohol services locally.

  5. Reducing drugs misuse and dependence

    The government is helping people make a full recovery from drug addiction and is discouraging people from misusing illegal drugs in the first place.

See all 8 policies

Detailed guides

  1. Gas appliance safety: supplier and manufacturer's obligations

    Find out which gas appliances must comply with the Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1995, exemption and penalties for non-compliance Read more

  2. Controlled drug domestic licences for doctors: how to apply

    Applying for an individual domestic drugs licence to prescribe cocaine, diamorphine and dipipanone for the treatment of addiction. Read more

  3. Refer a deceased person's estate to the Treasury Solicitor

    Notify the Bona Vacantia division that a person has died without leaving a will or any known blood relatives. Read more

  4. Food standards: labelling, durability and composition

    Requirements for products listed under food standards legislation, such as bottled water, milk, fish and meat; table of UK mineral waters; 'best before' dates. Read more

  5. Commissioning regional and local HIV sexual and reproductive health services

    Guidance for commissioners of HIV, sexual and reproductive health services: includes prevention, treatment, information, advice and support. Read more

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