Primary care trusts to take lead on public health

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 04 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:249
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Aberystwyth

    Government plans to give the new primary care trusts a key role in attacking health inequalities have been heavily criticised by a leading epidemiologist as “downsizing” public health.

    Professor Michael Clarke, professor of epidemiology at Leicester University, warned the proposals would mean much smaller teams covering bigger areas: “[The government's response] talks about each strategic health authority having its own director or public health, which sounds terrific.

    “But Leicestershire, for example, will be merged with Northamptonshire and massively downsized. We now have two directors of public health, …

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