The College of Medicine’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, has criticised the food industry for making healthy meals financially inaccessible for low-income families, and called for an integrated approach to health.
Writing in the Future Healthcare Journal, Prince Charles also criticised those who were discouraging people from being vaccinated against Covid, saying efforts from ‘anti-vaxxers’ would hinder a programme that aimed to ‘protect and liberate some of the most vulnerable in our society.’
Discussing how good food has the power to influence health, the heir to the throne said nutrition was often an ‘afterthought’ and stressed the role that healthcare practitioners can play in encouraging a more healthy lifestyle in patients.
According to NHS figures, 67 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women are overweight in England with more than 11,000 hospital admissions in 2018/2019 directly related to obesity.
Calling for an integrated approach to health combining the powers of science and community, he wrote: “I also believe that medicine will need to combine bioscience with personal beliefs, hopes, aspirations and choices.”
The March 2021 edition of the Royal College of Physicians’ Future Healthcare Journal is guest edited by Dr Mohsin Choudry (pictured left), who said the theme of the paper is ‘prevention and inequality’.
Writing on social media, Dr Choudry said the Prince of Wales’ message was clear; calling for ‘action on public health, food policy and highlighting concerns about the anti-vaccine movement.’