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Director of Public Health annual report

a collage of photographs showing differnt aspects of Corniah life, chefs working in a kitchen, an adualt sat reading books in a library with three children and a harbourside town with thest that reads, Public health annual report 2023-2024. Work and health, healthier, fairer and more productive Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

This year’s Director of Public Health Annual Report focuses on work and health. Having good quality work and a decent income are the most important building blocks of our health and wellbeing.

The report states that:  

  • Having a safe and secure job improves health and wellbeing across people’s lives and protects against social exclusion
  • Unemployment is bad for health and wellbeing. It is associated with shorter life expectancy and greater ill health
  • Jobs should:
    • be stable and offer a decent living wage
    • enable people to afford secure housing
    • represent opportunities for learning
    • offer sufficient flexibility to enable people to balance work and family life
    • offer protection from adverse working conditions that can damage health

The report has 12 recommendations, these include the creation of a Good Work Charter and more support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It also urges larger employers to play a greater role in tackling health inequalities. 

Read the full report 

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