RCP comment: Improving the health of the public by 2040

RCP academic vice president Professor Margaret Johnson welcomes the Academy of Medical Sciences’ call for stronger collaboration between sectors in this area in its Improving the health of the public by 2040 report.

Responding to the Academy of Medical Sciences report, Professor Johnson said:

The RCP has a strong history of improving public health, with the most recent achievement being the ban on smoking in cars with children. As such, the recommendations in this report for greater cooperation and collaboration between sectors in order to improve the nation’s health are extremely welcome – as we know that research and long-term public health successes are best achieved in partnership with others.

The report's additional calls to aid physicians to access public health research throughout their career reflect our own recommendations from our 2016 report, Research for all. We strongly agree that if we are to see innovation in this area physicians must be given the time, funding and support to actively engage in research. We will work with the Academy of Medical Sciences to ensure such skills are utilised for the benefit of public health research in the future.

Finally, we must not forget that though research and legislative change are important factors in improving the health of the public, we need to ensure that we engage the public and patient groups if we are to achieve sustainable change.

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