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Public health is under threat from NHS reorganisation, expert warns

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:570
  1. Claire Laurent
  1. Warwick

    Public heath services in England will be thrown into crisis if jobs in the specialty are cut in the latest round of reorganisation of the NHS, said Rod Griffiths, president of the faculty of public health at the Royal College of Physicians.

    The crisis could result in incidents on the scale of the disaster at Stanley Royd Hospital in Wakefield in 1984, in which 19 people died of salmonella poisoning, or worse, he told the UK Health Protection Agency's annual conference in Warwick this week, referring to an article in last week's BMJ (2006;333:557).

    Professor Griffiths warned that …

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