Public health White Paper to set out inequalities plan

The public health White Paper outlining how the government plans to reduce health inequalities will be revealed later today.

Dr Nagpaul: GP involvement in public health is being ignored by the government
Dr Nagpaul: GP involvement in public health is being ignored by the government

The White Paper is expected to set out how responsibility for public health will be moved to local authorities. These plans were originally proposed by health secretary Andrew Lansley in the health White Paper Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS.

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned that GP involvement in public health is being ignored by the government. 'We need assurances that GP commissioners will be involved and receive public health input and support to help with commissioning decisions,' he said.

He urged the DoH to ensure 'GP commissioners will be involved and receive public health input and support to help with commissioning decisions'.

The King's Fund's policy director Anna Dixon has said she expects the White Paper to set out an outcomes framework for public health.

Reports have also suggesed the White Paper will set out plans to cut low-price alcohol sales and bring in plain cigarette packaging.

Full details of the White Paper's contents will be released at 3.30.

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