Published: 04/03/2004, Volume II4, No. 5895 Page 25

The Wanless report confirms what hard-pressed public health professionals working with scarce resources have known and struggled with for years: that piecemeal initiatives, delivered largely through the health services, are a wholly inadequate response to current public health threats such as obesity.

I am delighted to see Wanless' support for Cabinet-level leadership in public health, and for an approach that fully engages all government departments.

Paul Lincoln Chief executive National Heart Forum