Public Health White Paper
A White Paper setting out plans to tackle today’s causes of premature death and illness and reduce health inequalities, was unveiled yesterday by the Health Secretary.
The White Paper, Healthy Lives, Healthy People sets out how funding from the overall NHS budget will be ring-fenced for spending on public health - a recognition that prevention is better than cure, as well as giving details on the creation of Public Health England - a new service to make it happen.
For the first time in a generation the majority of public health services will be commissioned by Local Authorities from their ring-fenced budget, or by the NHS, all funded from Public Health England’s new public health budget.
The core elements of the new system will be set out in the forthcoming Health and Social Care Bill and will therefore be subject to Parliament’s approval.
A useful summary of the plans is provided in the press release below, which also includes links to the White Paper and all the supporting documents.