Public told to stop passing buck on health

Individuals should rely less on the state and take more
responsibility themselves to improve public health, a social
services director said.

John Beer, executive director of health and social care at
Southampton Council, said many people saw professionals as
primarily responsible for their health rather than

At a session on partnerships between social care and the NHS in
public health, he said: “If you ask people about health they will
say ‘when I get ill I want it to be sorted’. But it’s about us as
individuals making changes.

“It’s more difficult for the government, for the NHS and for local

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