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NHS reforms could jeopardise government plans for public health

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6463 (Published 12 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6463
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

The organisational changes prompted by the government’s wider healthcare reforms could jeopardise its plans for public health, a leading expert has suggested.

Speaking at a conference on the future of public health in London on 9 November Richard Parish, chief executive officer of the Royal Society of Public Health, said that the new prominence the government was giving to public health and its “passionately held” belief in it afforded “very clear opportunities.”

But there were also several risks, he said, including a shrinking public health workforce. “We are losing people from jobs which we are unable to fill even when money is available,” said Professor Parish. “And people are unlikely …

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