Evidence behind Statement in the Media by Mr. Duncan Selbie

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Dear Public Health England,
In the Guardian online https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016... Mr. Selbie is quoted as follows "Hunt was backed by Duncan Selbie, the chief executive of Public Health England, who said health, wellbeing and happiness were “inextricably linked to work”. Selbie said: “People in work generally have better health, so it makes perfect sense for the government to do all it can to support employers to close the gap around employment, disability and illness and to enable people to work when they can.”"
Where is there evidence, please, a) that health, wellbeing and happiness are 'inextricably linked to work' or b) that 'People in work generally have better health' and c) that sending someone sick to work will improve their health, which I understand seems to be the suggestion here.

Yours faithfully,

Bill Kruse

FOI, Public Health England

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Dear Mr Kruse

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Dear Public Health England,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Public Health England's handling of my FOI request 'Evidence behind Statement in the Media by Mr. Duncan Selbie'.

I cannot see any evidence in the material offered to support Selbie's statement about how "health, wellbeing and happiness were “inextricably linked to work”. " I'm already familiar with Black, Waddell & Burton's offerings which was largely why I asked. None include, that I can see, any input or mention of the very wealthy, those far too rich to ever have to work, and I note that, oddly enough, the worklessness n this cohort doesn't appear to be affecting them adversely at all.
If we discount, as we must, these studies then, carried out as they seem to have been by people suffering from tunnel vision and including only those examples which might appear to advance their theories and excluding any which contradict them, we're left with our original query still unanswered. Many of the very wealthy, going by their appearances on social media, look to be the very epitome of health, wellbeing and happiness, yet their ongoing and chronic worklessness is not in dispute. Where, then, is the evidence to support Selbie's statement please? I thank the PHE once again for their response but I'm certainly not seeing in it the evidence I've asked for.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Bill Kruse

FOI, Public Health England

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Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
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Tel: 020 8327 6920 
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Dear Mr Kruse
Please find attached PHE's response to your request for information.

Kind regards

FOI Team

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Alistair P Sloan left an annotation ()

Some spam E-mails were delivered to the request thread which have now been removed. I have also stopped E-mails from being automatically delivered to the request thread.

Alistair
WhatDoTheyKnow volunteer

Dear FOI,

What they are offering as 'evidence' is manifest nonsense. On that basis, after giving the matter some thought, I'm saying the request is denied.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Kruse

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