Public healthLast updated: 05 April 2013 16:02 UK
From April 1 Portsmouth City Council formally took on its new, statutory, Public Health duty, but what does that mean for the council and the city?
Local government has a long and proud history of promoting and protecting the public’s health dating back to Victorian times. It was only in 1974 that the NHS took over most public health functions but the Government is returning responsibility for improving public health to local government for several reasons, namely:
- population focus
- ability to shape services to meet local needs
- ability to influence wider social determinants of health
- ability to tackle health inequalities
The changes brought in by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 means that local government will now be responsible for a range of health services including local health improvement functions, and will be given a ring-fenced budget to deliver them.
Further public health informationWhy is public health part of the council?
Who is the director of public health?
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Health and Wellbeing Board
Healthy Pompey website