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Letters Public health plans in England

The demise of the public health system in England

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 22 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7527
  1. Felix Greaves, public health registrar1,
  2. Douglas Noble, clinical lecturer2
  1. 1Imperial College London, London, UK
  2. 2Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK
  1. felixgreaves{at}

The health select committee has serious reservations about the changes to the public health system in the health reforms.1 We suggest that the government reforms threaten the public health system at every level.

The Health Protection Agency faces losing independence as it moves into central government. Health promotion functions are transferring to local authorities but possibly without a specialist …

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