LGA responds to NHS Providers briefing on the future of public health

“We support the Government’s previous review which concluded that responsibility for public health services rightly belongs with councils, but that there also needs to be much stronger joint commissioning of these services between local government and the NHS."


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Responding to an NHS Providers briefing on the future of the public health system, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“We support the Government’s previous review which concluded that responsibility for public health services rightly belongs with councils, but that there also needs to be much stronger joint commissioning of these services between local government and the NHS.

“Public health services are now firmly embedded in councils, which have more than proven their worth through the pandemic as part of the tremendous local response.

“Any moving around of public health responsibilities would be irrational and clearly undermine the progress made so far. What is needed is increased, sustained investment in councils’ public health services to tackle the country’s long-standing health inequalities exposed by the pandemic and create happier, healthier and more resilient communities.”

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LGA responds to public health announcement