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Public Health England has “faltering voice” on key issues, say MPs

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1784 (Published 26 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1784
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The agency heading up public health in England is not sufficiently independent of government and has had a “faltering” voice so far in speaking up on public health issues, MPs have said.

MPs on the parliamentary health select committee have levelled several criticisms at Public Health England, the executive agency of the Department of Health that began operating in April last year, in a report published on 26 February.1

The report said that the agency had not yet shown that it was able to be an effective champion of the nation’s public health interests, which is what it was created to do.

The Health Committee’s inquiry that led to the report examined how Public Health England had set about establishing its policy priorities and programme …

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