Comments are closed. Public health criticisedOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Health policy needs to be rebalanced to make it more focused on improvinghealth not just health careGovernment policy on public health is too heavily concentrated on acutecare, hospitals and beds and the numbers of doctors and nurses, an influentialcommittee of MPs has said. The Health Select Committee report on public health, published in March,found there was a need to achieve a better balance in health policy betweenhealth and health care. There was a “strong” case for rebalancing health policy, andmaking it more focused on improving health, not just on health care. MPs also suggested there was “confusion surrounding the leadership ofpublic health at every level” and called on the Minister for PublicHealth, Yvette Cooper, to be given the freedom “to demonstrate morepositive and public leadership for improving health and reducing healthinequalities”. “We consider that insufficient attention has been given to theapplication of knowledge and practice in public health. “For too long the public health function has been dominated by aculture, mindset and training scheme which stresses the epidemiology andscience of public health, rather than its practice in bringing aboutchange,” the committee said. There was also too great an emphasis on “top-down” targets andperformance agreements, and stronger incentives were needed to give healthimprovement priority, it added. The report came at the same time as the Chief Medical Officer for England,Professor Liam Donaldson, published his report on the Government’s project tostrengthen the public health function. This stressed new mechanisms for co-ordination and communication werealready under way. www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk www.doh.gov.uk/cmo/phfunction.htm Related posts:No related photos.