Reorganisation of public health in England is “a terrible mess,” conference hearsBMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4652 (Published 06 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4652
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One could not make this up. Ann Goodwin, "project manager for the Public Health England transformation team" urges people to respond to the Government's consultation on the reorganisation of Public Health in England at the most appropriate public forum on the 5th of July 2012.
Said consultation closed on the 6th of July 2012. Strategic Government planning exemplified.
Based upon this news report, this reorganisation is (apparently) poorly planned and executed.
It almost sounds as though this fundamental reorganisation of public health in England is being made up on the hoof.
If the reorganisation of public health is any indication as to how competently NHS services will be reorganised under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, then we should all be gravely concerned.
Can the nation's health services be entrusted to the current leadership of the Department of Health? Luckily for Andrew Lansley MP, the Secretary of State for Health, this brewing fiasco is being overshadowed by other fiascos linked to the London Olympics  and a litany of banking scandals.
However, as the leadership of Barclays Bank has recently discovered, eventually, even long-lost chickens come home to roost[3,4].
 Hawkes, N. Reorganisation of public health in England is "a terrible mess", conference hears. BMJ 2012;345:e4652
 Olympic security: army reinforcements calld in to fill G4S shortfall. The Guardian online 12/7/12 http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/11/army-reinforcements-olympics (accessed 17/7/12)
 Barclays chairman Marcus Agius resigns over rate rigging. The Daily Telegraph online 2/7/12 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9369286/... (accessed 17/7/12)
 Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond resigns. The Guardian online 3/7/12 http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/03/bob-diamond-resigns-barclays (accessed 17/7/12)
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