Raft of public health services is threatened by health bill, say specialists

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 06 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1675
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The transfer of public health services from the NHS to local authorities is damaging, flawed, and unsafe, says the network Public Health for the NHS, which is made up of more than 500 medical professionals and legal and academic experts.

A report from the network says that the rationale for transferring public health services to local government has never been properly explained and seems to be “more consistent with the aim of shrinking the NHS and commercialising the health system, than it is with any claim to improve public health.”

It says that the Health and Social Care Bill provides no safeguards or guarantees that public health services will be provided as a universal entitlement to all, as under the existing NHS.

The areas of work threatened by the bill include public …

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