Government sticks with plan to make local councils responsible for public health

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 18 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4563
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

The government has strengthened the independence of its new national public health body, Public Health England, and clarified the role of public health directors in response to the consultation on its white paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People (BMJ 2010;341:c6938, doi:10.1136/bmj.c6938).

But it is sticking to its plan to shift day to day responsibility for much work in public health to local councils and to transfer public health staff such as health visitors and school nurses from NHS control to local authorities.

It also remains committed to encouraging healthy behaviour by “nudging” people into making healthy choices “rather than relying solely on the blunt tools …

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