Public health funding should be ringfenced when transferred to local councils, doctors say

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 29 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6872
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Public health doctors in England have urged the government to protect the public health budget in the wake of demands from local councils that the money go into general funds.

The calls were made in the light of a news report that councils were demanding that they spend the money as they see fit when public health is transferred to council control with the abolition of primary care trusts. The details of the budget are due to be made clearer with the publication this week of the public health white paper.

With the abolition of primary care trusts, councils are to regain control of public health for the first time since 1974.

Lindsey …

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