Staff trust chairs named

The chairs of the eight Task Groups, which are set to be crucial to future health consultation, have been announced.

The naming of the new chairmen is the final stage on the road to the establishment of the Task Groups, which are set to utilise a range of expert stakeholders from different industries, and will address contemporary social ailments such as smoking and obesity.

The work of the Task Groups will complement the plethora of consultation events which are scheduled nationwide.

Speaking at the first meeting of the Task Groups, John Reid said: "Improving people's health is a priority for the government, but it is not an issue for government alone.

"That's why we want to hear everyone's views about what needs to be done.

The Task Groups provide one very important strand of advice by bringing together a mix of stakeholders with differing expertise and backgrounds."

Mr Reid claimed that feedback from the various consultation events organised by the NHS will allow for several informed decisions at national level, adding: "Successful action now to safeguard health will help us move the NHS on from being primarily a sickness service, and make it a true health service."

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DoH - Experts appointed to help improve public health
Thu, 01 Apr 04 Government Press Release Summary
The Department of Health has announced the chairs of the eight Task Groups which will play a key role in the national consultation on public health.

The Task Groups will tackle issues such as obesity, smoking and sexually transmitted infections and have been asked to report back to Health Secretary John Reid with recommendations on action that can be taken by Government, employers.

Dr Reid commented: 'The Task Groups provide one very important strand of advice by bringing together a mix of stakeholders with differing expertise and backgrounds. Not just people from the health service and local government, but from the worlds of employment, leisure, the media, retailers, community groups, and industry.' Contents
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
1 April 2004
EXPERTS APPOINTED TO HELP IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH

Work to tackle issues such as obesity, smoking and sexually
transmitted infections received a boost today with the announcement
of the Chairs of the eight Task Groups which will play a key role in
the national consultation on public health.

The Task Groups have been asked to report back to Health Secretary
John Reid with recommendations on action that can be taken by
Government, employers, industry, the NHS, by schools, by communities
and by individuals, to help maximise the potential for improving
people's health.

The work of the Task Groups will sit alongside the wide range of
consultation events currently taking place across the country.
People have also been responding to the consultation via media polls
and through the Department of Health website. All this activity will
feed into a White Paper to be published in the summer.

Speaking at the first meeting of the Task Groups, and welcoming the
new chairs, John Reid said:

"Improving people's health is a priority for the Government, but it
is not an issue for Government alone. That's why we want to hear
everyone's views about what needs to be done. The Task Groups provide
one very important strand of advice by bringing together a mix of
stakeholders with differing expertise and backgrounds. Not just
people from the health service and local government, but from the
worlds of employment, leisure, the media, retailers, community
groups, and industry.

"Alongside feedback from other consultation events taking place right
across the country, their advice will help us make informed decisions
about how we can all act together to improve our health. The White
Paper will set out a coherent and focused programme of action that
will make a real difference.

"Successful action now to safeguard health will help us move the NHS
on from being primarily a sickness service, and make it a true health
service."

The new Task Group Chairs are: :

- Paul Ennals, Chief Executive, National Children's Bureau - Better
Health for Young People Task Group;

Will Hutton, Chief Executive, The Work Foundation - Working for
Health/Opportunities in Employment Task Group;

- Ed Mayo, Chief Executive, National Consumer Council - Consumers and
Markets Task Group;

- Baroness Pitkeathley, Chair, New Opportunities Fund - Leisure Task
Group;

Prof. Chris Drinkwater, GP, University of Northumbria and NHS
Alliance - Maximising the NHS

Contribution (Primary Care) Task Group;

- Ken Jarrold, Chief Executive, Durham & Tees Valley SHA - Maximising
the NHS Contribution (Across the NHS as a Whole) Task Group;

- Dame Yve Buckland, Chair, Health Development Agency - Working With
and For Communities Task Group;

- Mike Farrar, Chief Executive, South Yorkshire SHA and Tony Elson,
Chief Executive, Kirklees Metropolitan Council (co-chairs) - Focusing
on Delivery Task Group.

The Task Groups will report to the Secretary of State by the end of
May.

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