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New public health agency sets out its stall

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 07 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:380
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

    The new public health organisation for England and Wales, the Health Protection Agency, has set itself a wide range of priorities for the next five years, saying that the rapid spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) highlighted the pressing need for better ways to tackle emerging threats.

    “The global threats to health have moved on and so must we—it's time to step up our health defences,” said the agency's chairman, William Stewart, launching the agency's corporate plan last Tuesday. “The SARS experience demonstrated that a new bug can spread around the world in days.”

    The agency outlined 12 strategic goals, ranging from boosting preparedness …

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