The new NHS: public health

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 set out changes to the public health system. Local authorities were given new responsibilities and funding, taking a greater role in improving health and reducing health inequalities. In the new system, local authorities are supported by the executive agency Public Health England, and there is a new public health outcomes framework. The NHS also has a new legal duty to improve health inequalities.

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