Fiona Johnstone, director of public health, Wirral MBC
Fiona Johnstone: Hope is good for your health Subscription
For the last few years, we in public health have been talking about how people’s health outcomes can be affected by social aspects of life such as loneliness, isolation and happiness.
In three cities in America, there are teams of people who are employed to get things wrong.
Last month, I spent some time with representatives of Wirral’s voluntary sector discussing how we can work together to improve the life chances of some of our most vulnerable residents.
A Lords select committee is currently holding an inquiry into the effectiveness of the 2003 Licensing Act. I hope the committee recognises the need for public health to be made a licensing objective in order to give local authorities sharper teeth in the fight against alcohol and related health conditions.
We must do more to tackle domestic abuseSubscription
At the beginning of this year, coercive or controlling domestic abuse became a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. It is clear the chronic damage to health and wellbeing that can arise from suffering from repeated, or continuous, controlling or coercive behaviour within an intimate or family relationship.
Wirral’s Fiona Johnstone on the power of campaign in public health
The successes of public health policies over the last hundred years or so have led to the present situation we find ourselves in – of planning for a future where people live longer, and as a result spend more time than ever before living with multiple, complex health issues.
Fiona Johnstone: Whatever the actual percentage cuts we have to implement in the coming years, our first priority must be to offer services that reflect what local people actually want us to do
Wirral’s director of public health Fiona Johnstone on the financial outlook for public health
Wirral MBC’s Fiona Johnstone argues local authorities have a responsibility to act – but national measures should be considered too