Public health programmes: you don't know what you've got till it's gone

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1568-b (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1568
  1. Ulf R Dahle (ulf.dahle@fhi.no), senior scientist
  1. Norwegian Institute of Public Health, PO Box 4404 Nydalen, 0403 Oslo, Norway

    EDITOR—In 2005 a new inspection regimen will be launched in the British NHS: public health programmes will have to prove that they are providing good value for taxpayers' money.1 The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control was recently publicly criticised by the National Board of Health and Welfare because nearly 70 African immigrants became infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. …

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