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MPs raise fears over unfair funding of public health services

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1279 (Published 06 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1279
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Around a third of local authorities are not receiving their fair share of money to spend on public health, and money for these services is not guaranteed to remain ringfenced in the future, MPs have claimed.

MPs on the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report on 6 March in which they praised Public Health England for its performance since it came into being in 2013 but raised some concerns over funding, the body’s influence, and staff shortages in director of public health positions.1

The committee said it was concerned that the Department of Health was not moving local authorities to their target funding allocations for public health quickly enough.

A third (51) …

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