Five data problems facing public health officials

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 14 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3312

Officials from Public Health England told MPs earlier this month about some of the data challenges facing the reorganised public health service

1. Perception

Public Health England’s medical director, Paul Cosford, told MPs on the House of Commons Health Committee that, although its data on staffing showed “really quite a positive picture,” people still had “uncertainties” about the stability of the public health workforce.1 “There …

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