David Buck reflects on the new terms of reference for resource allocation from NHS England, including a frank admission that it might be forced to cut some budgets to protect against instability in other areas.
With various announcements on public health policy last week, including the kicking into the long grass of a decision on plain packaging for tobacco, it is hard to tell whether these are signs of a change in tack in policy, the undue influence of lobbyists, or a cock-up, says David Buck.
Now that total public health allocations to local authorities has been decided, it’s time to move beyond the debate on the reforms to what matters: assuring that the resources really do improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities
Having spent the first half of the Parliament legislating for radical changes to the organisation of the NHS, the government now needs to focus on the mundane but much more important challenge of implementing and executing the service changes on which its record will ultimately depend.
The government has announced that the Public Health Sub-Committee is being done away with. But did it have the potential to challenge the rest of Whitehall on the public health impacts of their policies?
Time to Think Differently is our new programme of work aimed at stimulating debate about the changes needed for the NHS and social care to meet the challenges of the future.
David Buck looks at what the Olympics can teach us about the public's attitude to the government's involvement in public health issues.
How do unhealthy behaviours cluster together in different population groups, and how does that in turn relate to inequalities in health?
David Buck looks at the long-term legacy the Games could leave around increasing the population’s health outcomes and physical fitness.
David Buck looks at how public health funding allocations will be decided with the help of the Advisory Council of Resource Allocation (ACRA).
With huge varieties in spending across the country, David Buck considers the role ACRA must play in distributing budgets for public health.
David Buck asks whether the government should be looking towards Scotland and considering minimum pricing on alcohol.
David Buck questions whether a 'fat tax' would help or hinder the government's attempts to curb obesity in England.
The recent public health Command Paper, Healthy lives, healthy people: Update & way forward, was underwhelming in its recommendations, according to David Buck.
Will the health reforms and the formation of Public Health England help to address health inequalities in England? David Buck investigates in our blog.
With the Department of Health responding to the consultations on 'Healthy Lives, Healthy People' soon the Health Select Committee is looking at public health reforms
Good primary care is critical to public health and tackling inequalities. So how has the QOF incentivisation scheme in primary care impacted on public health?
Is the nation being nudged or shoved into making better health choices? What can we learn from the government's Tobacco Control Plan and the Responsibility Deal?
Public spending must be cut to create the right conditions to deliver growth and innovation in the private sector. But how will this affect health and wellbeing?
How important is changing social norms to the success of health behaviour change? David Buck discusses his findings from the health and the Big Society event.