Lansley bids to ringfence public health funding

Public health is to receive a ringfenced budget and new outcomes-based targets, health secretary Andrew Lansley announced on Wednesday.

Mr Lansley: ringfenced funding for a new public health service

Speaking at the Faculty of Public Health’s meeting in London, Mr Lansley also revealed that the government would scale back funding of its Change4Life programme. The DoH would be looking to charities, companies and local authorities to fill the funding gap, he said.

Mr Lansley said that ringfenced funding for a new public health service would give confidence that health inequalities could be tackled, even ‘in the teeth of the debt crisis’.

Mr Lansley said that outcomes would need to be based in local solutions.

'We will not be dictating the 'how' when it comes to achieving better public health outcomes.  But we will be very clear about the ‘what’ - what we want to measure and achieve.'

The exact outcomes to be assessed will be subject to consultation. But they could, he suggested, include:

  • Increases in life expectancy,
  • Reduction of inequality in life expectancy,
  • Improved immunisation rates,
  • Reduced childhood obesity,
  • Improvement in take-up of physical activity.

Local areas would be given ‘health premiums’ to help them deliver these outcomes, he said.

Mr Lansley also said that a Cabinet sub-committee on public health would be established.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

GP appointment

General practice delivered 342m appointments in 2022 - and lost nearly 500 GPs

General practice in England delivered around 342m appointments in total in 2022 with...

NHS sign

Local GPs unite to take over two practices run by hospital trust

GPs in Swindon have come together to take over two practices that had spent more...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Why are junior doctors preparing to strike?

Talking General Practice speaks to BMA GP trainee committee chair Dr David Smith...


Practices face losing out on QOF income amid soaring demand

GP practices risk losing out on QOF income this year because sky-high demand for...

Nurse giving older man a COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI recommends targeted COVID-19 vaccination programme in 2023

People at higher risk of severe COVID-19 should be offered a booster vaccination...

Health and social care secretary Steve Barclay leaving number 10 Downing Street

Government sets out plans for 'major conditions' health strategy

The government is to set out a strategy to tackle six 'major' health conditions in...