Letter Government changes and public health

Huge potential from putting public health into local government is being lost in the implementation

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2588 (Published 11 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2588
  1. Jeremy P Wight, public health physician
  1. Hope S33 6RA, UK
  1. jeremywight73{at}gmail.com

In their welcome editorial, Devakumar and colleagues repeat the mantra that “public health budgets were initially ringfenced.”1 This was not strictly the case. Although the public health grant itself was ring fenced, wider council public health budgets were not. All councils previously spent money on public health, and given the huge budget pressures, it was …

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