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Letters Public health—the frontline cuts begin

Need for increased investment in public health

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 09 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i761
  1. Michael Craig Watson, associate professor of public health1,
  2. John Lloyd, vice president2
  1. 1University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
  2. 2Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Welwyn AL6 0UD, UK
  1. Michael.Watson{at}

In 2014 we stated that a pressing imperative was to stop the raids on public health budgets and that a rapid review was needed.1 In the same year, NHS England’s Five Year Forward View recognised the enormous burden facing the NHS and emphasised the important roles that public health …

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