- Created: Tuesday, 02 October 2018 14:56
- Written by Hannah Caller
170 years ago, the Public Health Act 1848 for England and Wales came into force, recognising the need for protection of all citizens from sanitary and social threats. After two more terrible cholera outbreaks, the 1875 Public Health Act made the 1848 Act part of local authorities’ powers. Thereafter, partly due to sanitation and clean water, housing, food provision, changes for the better were made to the living conditions and health of the population.
Now, since 2008, austerity Britain and savage capitalism have reversed the progress. Health inequalities are widening, life expectancy is levelling off, poor nutrition is evident by rising levels of obesity, while at the same time increasing numbers of people need food banks and many are going hungry, including children. Simultaneously, we are witnessing the decline of the health of the planet we live on.