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. Drug misuse and dependency

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

  2. Children's health

    How we are offering free school meals to all pupils in reception year, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England.

  3. 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy

    Making sure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games continue to benefit the whole country for many years.

  4. Cancer research and treatment

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

  5. Obesity and healthy eating

    The government is helping people to be more active and to eat healthily, and it’s making sure people get the right support to lose weight.

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. MMR catchup programme: diagnosis, case management, and advice

    How to confirm a measles diagnosis, manage cases and contacts, control infection, and vaccinate young or partially-covered patients. Read more

  4. Apply for a traditional herbal registration (THR)

    How to apply for a traditional herbal registration (THR) to market a herbal medicine (remedy) in the UK. Read more

  5. Tuberculosis reference laboratories

    Specialist reference laboratory services for mycobacteriology available in the UK. Read more