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Tackling Violence: Public Health Approach

Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons on 26th March 2019.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

What progress his Department has made on the implementation of a public health approach to tackling violence.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We are pursuing a multi-agency approach to prevent and tackle serious violence. Healthcare is of course one of the important and relevant agencies that need to work together right across Government to reduce knife crime.

Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

The Government are committed to a public health approach, but we heard the Secretary of State dismiss it just a few weeks ago. What assurances can he give that he is now fully signed up to the approach? What evidence is his Department collating? How is the Department working with the Home Office to ensure that we have a long-term strategy for keeping our young people safe?

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

I am a huge fan of the public health approach to tackling knife crime. In fact, I was in Croydon yesterday to talk to charities and to students at Croydon College about the role the NHS can play in tackling the scourge of knife crime. I am a big fan of this agenda, and I look forward to working with the hon. Lady and colleagues from across the House.