Progressive economic development has the local population’s health and wellbeing at its heart, says Marvin Rees It goes without saying that we urgently need to refresh the framework through which we understand the purpose and assess the performance of our economy. Laissez-faire capitalism hasn’t worked for too many real people. I believe a better understanding of the economy as a determinant of health and health as a determinant of economic success could provide the perfect vehicle for this reframing. Population health is an issue of critical importance to sustainable economic development. Mental and physical sickness are core drivers of workforce absenteeism and lost productivity for employers; they increase the likely future demand for public services while simultaneously reducing the supply of the working age adults needed to fund those services. Moreover, the evidence tells us there is a direct link between the health and wellbeing of children and young people … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Marvin Rees
Marvin Rees is mayor of Bristol