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Monday, 26 March 2012
Local Government and Public Health
There is an interesting piece on local government on public health here. The author is right that it is a big change, and that the traditional mentalities of local government and health provision are very different. However, I think he underestimates the extent to which local government does have experience of health issues through adult social services. In some ways the social services can be virtually indistinguishable from ancillary medical services. The other big issue he doesn't mention is that a vast chunk of the current public health budget will not be transferred, another move by central government to make the delivery of public services as difficult as possible.