Jonathan Ashworth responds to Health Promotion announcement
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the government’s announcement that it is setting up a new Office for Health Promotion, said:
“The Covid crisis has shone a light on the shocking inequalities that left us vulnerable and lacking resilience when the pandemic hit.
“Years of Conservative governments mean advances in life expectancy had stalled and even gone backwards for some of the poorest in this country even before the pandemic. The disproportionate impact of this virus on both the worst off and Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities must also be a wake-up call.
“A new Office of Health Promotion must be backed up by proper investment in public health alongside a focus on tackling the wider factors that contribute to ill health such as obesity, smoking and alcohol abuse. Instead the Conservatives have slashed public health budgets by £1 billion in real terms in recent years.
“Prioritising public health to create the conditions where people can live healthier, happier longer lives is a Labour priority.”