How local government's relationship with the NHS is changing

Richard Humphries
Publication:  The Guardian
Reference:  Tuesday 27 August 2013

Although, arguably, local government has contributed more to the health of the nation over the last century than the NHS itself, the relationship between these two public service silos has often been troubled.

The currency of power and responsibilities has been one-way traffic: in 1974, large swathes of health provision that had remained with local government, including public health, moved across to the NHS as part of a huge reorganisation of both services. As medical journal the Lancet put it, running health services was 'too important to be left to the local citizenry'.

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