Views & Reviews If I Ruled the NHS

We need a Public Health Act fit for 21st century

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h616 (Published 19 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h616
  1. John R Ashton, president, Faculty of Public Health
  1. Johnrashton{at}blueyonder.co.uk

If I ruled the NHS, strengthened public health and primary and community care would go further than the currently fashionable talk of integration, to re-embrace housing and town planning and the “hidden lay healthcare system” that accounts for most care.

Other challenges I would tackle include bringing back robust local public health intelligence, no longer provided by the public health observatories, and a new approach to workforce development that recognises the importance of practical nursing and the reservoir of untapped young talent in our communities. It is lunacy to reject well …

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