Advocacy for public health will continue

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6973.191a (Published 21 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:191
  1. J M O'Brien
  1. President Faculty of Public Health Medicine, London NW1 4LB

    EDITOR,—By saying that “the last vestiges of public health advocacy in Britain will be abolished when the eight regional health authorities are replaced” Sally Sheard overstates the case.1 Impartial advocacy for the public health will depend entirely on district public health practitioners. They will rise to the challenge but will lose regionally published support.

    Leadership—called for in the job descriptions of the new regional directors of public health—is usually exercised openly. In the regional offices of the NHS Executive it seems to be restricted to advising in …

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