Conservatives call for public health push

A public health secretary, separate public health budgets and directors of public health jointly appointed by PCTs and local authorities have been suggested by Conservatives.

Speaking at think tank Reform in London yesterday, shadow health secretary for the Conservative Party Andrew Lansley said all three ideas had been backed in its recent consultation.

‘In an NHS of rising resources, public health services have been a Cinderella service, first to be cut when deficits hit,’ he said.

Mr Lansley also questioned resource allocation within the NHS which, he said, ‘put measures of deprivation up alongside age as a determinant of health need, leading to corresponding greater resources for poorer areas and less for areas that are less deprived and more elderly’.

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