Perm secs health drive

Health department permanent secretary Una O’Brien has written to other permanent secretaries asking them to sign up to public health campaigns designed to improve the health of their staff.

By Civil Service World

03 Oct 2012

“I know that we have a shared commitment to improving the health of our staff, and I’d encourage you to make that commitment public through signing up to one or more of the Responsibility Deal ‘health at work’ pledges,” O’Brien wrote.

These pledges set down standards in the workplace and encourage employees to maintain a healthy diet, have responsible drinking habits and increase their physical activity.

O’Brien also sent a document admitting that “public sector sign up is low and we would like to see more central government departments participating” in the campaigns.

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