Government says Public Health England should challenge it over health issues when necessary

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 13 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4019
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The agency that heads up public health in England is right to challenge the government over issues that it believes are important, and no subjects are “out of bounds” for debate, the Department of Health has said.

This week the department published its official response1 to the parliamentary health select committee’s report2 on Public Health England, published in February. In that report, the committee said that the agency had so far …

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