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[Correspondence] Responses to the Chief Medical Officer’s report 2013

At the Faculty of Public Health, we welcomed the 2013 report of the UK Chief Medical Officer, which was the first ever to cover mental illness. However, we were surprised to see the recommendation about wellbeing, repeated in The Lancet (April 11, p 1472),1 that “There is insufficient evidence to justify the framing of public mental health policy and commissioning in terms of wellbeing”. This statement contrasts with one of the conclusions of the Chief Medical Officer’s 2011 report2 in which she recommended that “Public Health needs to encompass not only physical health but also mental health and wellbeing.