Intended for healthcare professionals


Raiding the public health budget

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2274

Re: Raiding the public health budget

Ms Rae (response dated 8 April) takes pride in having used Leisure Funds for school swimming during holidays, even though in her opinion, this activity should have been funded from the public health budget. It is of course true that swimming helps health. So is education which enables you to bring light in to darkness. So is gritting the roads in the winter - it cuts down injuries and deaths.

Ms Rae has displayed her public health provenance in her qualifications.

I would like to ask if her Council's Director of Public Health gave his agreement. Would she also be kind enough to say whether the Director has direct access to the Council?

As an old man I need hospital services, lots of them. However, I take the view that the Director of Public Health should have clearly defined responsibilities, a budget that will enable him (her) to discharge these responsibilities, staff over whom he shall have EXECUTIVE CONTROL, an unrestricted direct access to the Council and unrestricted direct access to the public and the media, in respect of his responsibilities.

I think I have been perfectly clear above. Has PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND different views? Have any Council members, chief executives, leaders of councils different views?


Competing interests: Worked in public health long ago.

09 April 2014
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit