Public health gains despite slimmer budgets

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Sifting through the tea-leaves: is the NHS about to make more of the running on public health?

I went on a late summer holiday – Sicily since you ask – and when I came back NHS England had produced its five year forward view (5YFV), with Public Health England supporting the public health agenda with a new five-year strategy of its own.

We also had the surgeon Lord Darzi’s review of London’s health system, majoring on lifestyle change, and out-turn figures for local authorities’ public health spending. Waiting in the wings, and probably out before Christmas, is the National Audit Office’s assessment of Public Healt England’s spending and accountability.

So, quite a lot of tea-leaves to sift through but there are some common patterns. In particular, the public health focus of the 5YFV, PHE’s strategy and Lord Darzi’s review were all primarily concerned with changing lifestyles and behaviour.

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