(D1) Evaluate the Influence of Government on Factors That Contribute to the Current Patterns of Health and Illness in the Uk

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(D1) Evaluate the influence of government on factors that contribute to the current patterns of health and illness in the UK –

Over the course of the last 50 years in the UK the government (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland) have made a great effort in order to improve the overall health of the general population in the UK. This has been achieved through the use of making the general population more aware of the dangers to their health and what they are along with they can do in order to improve it, thereby making better informed decisions in regards to their health when it comes to things such as diet, road safety (driving), exercise, smoking and education.

The greatest influence that the government has had on the
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By making a healthier nation the government aimed to prevent individuals from becoming obese and in turn developing other various health problems as result, of which include type 2diabetes and coronary heart disease. However it is too early to tell whether this piece of legislation has had any real positive impact on the patterns of health and trends of health in the UK. On the other hand, this legislation has sparked other health campaigns to form from other government organisations such as the NHS.

A future health campaign is being set up targeted at the prevention of accidents especially in the workplace. The campaign is being released to tackle accidents that are currently a top cause of ill health and death in the UK. The campaign is aiming to raise awareness, so that individuals may take precautions and actions to prevent accidents from occurring, such as slips, trips and falls.

In conclusion I believe that the government has had a positive influence on the state of the population’s health in the UK thanks to their use of initiatives such as new legislation and health campaigns. The government’s most positive influences on patterns of health in the UK have been on smoking, driving and obesity. However I believe that the government needs to focus more on the current alcohol epidemic currently spreading across the UK, of which at present the government has not really done much about. Hospital admissions due to alcohol have cost the NHS

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