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Letters Raiding the public health budget

Action is needed to tackle current public health threats

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2721
  1. Michael C Watson, associate professor in public health1,
  2. John Lloyd, president2
  1. 1University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, D86, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
  2. 2Institute of Health Promotion and Education, School of Dentistry, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
  1. michael.watson{at}

We have serious concerns about the capacity and resourcing of public health in England and are pleased that Iacobucci has highlighted these issues.1 Raids on public health budgets are not new. In 2005 Liam Donaldson devoted a whole chapter of his chief medical officer’s …

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