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Letters Under the influence

Is England’s public health system still fit for purpose?

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 29 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1102
  1. Gabriel J Scally, public health physician1
  1. 1Bristol, UK
  1. gabriel.scally{at}

Gornall’s forensic analysis of the coalition government’s disastrous alcohol policy calls into question whether England’s public health system is still fit for purpose.1 It is also increasingly clear that this lamentable state of affairs has not happened by accident.

The Department of Health’s decision to move industry vested interests …

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