Notes to editors
1. The debate will take place between 8.15am to 10am at the King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN. For further information, interviews or invites to the event, please contact Beverley Cohen in the King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2632 or Michael Moruzzi on 020 7307 2585.
2. The King's Fund briefing into the role of the state in public health over the past 50 years was co-authored by The King's Fund Fellow Fellow in Health Policy Dr Karen Jochelson, Clare Delap and Sally Norwood. It is available on The King's Fund website from 26 May 2004.
3. Opinion Leader Research has been commissioned by The King's Fund, in conjunction with the Health Development Agency and the Department of Health, to conduct a survey into public attitudes to public health. The survey results, which will include opinions about government intervention regarding issues like obesity, passive smoking and food advertising, will be available in June.
4. In a recent BBC opinion poll, 73 per cent of respondants wanted a ban on smoking in public places, 72 per cent wanted junk food and fizzy drinks banned from schools and 65 per cent wanted government health warnings on bottles of alcohol.
5. In March this year, The King's Fund launched a research and development programme, Putting Health First, which suggests ways of changing attitudes and behaviour across the whole health system. The emphasis is towards improving population health and illness prevention, rather than treatment of illness. Ideas being explored include:
- New local health organisations that people could join to receive information, advice and expertise on how to stay well, as well as receiving treatment when they are ill. They would be more like 'health clubs' than traditional doctors' surgeries.
- Stronger leadership for health improvement at all levels, such as high profile, executive health commissioners, similar to 'health mayors' in some EU cities.
6. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.