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NHS will plug holes in public health services, pledges Stevens

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 04 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4039
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. The BMJ

The NHS will step in to commission public health services in places where cuts to council spending are putting pressure on services, NHS England’s chief executive has told The BMJ.

Simon Stevens said that, if councils could not allocate enough of the funding they received from central government to public health, the NHS would quickly need to commission services itself. Stevens was speaking to The BMJ at the Health Foundation’s annual event on 23 May.

Responsibility for preventive public health services in England was transferred from the NHS to local councils in 2013 …

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