While confidence in sexual health services has continued its rise in the latest Barometer survey of public health directors, the most significant increase for April is public health funding for 2007-08, with the overall number up from 3.85 to 4.85 out of 10.

While confidence in sexual health services has continued its rise in the latest Barometer survey of public health directors, the most significant increase for April is public health funding for 2007-08, with the overall number up from 3.85 to 4.85 out of 10.

Most worryingly for the government, confidence in the childhood obesity target for 2010 has continued to drop and now stands at 2.92.

At 6.92 there is a tentative rise in confidence for national targets for reducing death rates in cancer by 2010.

The public health Barometer is based on an anonymous survey of 90 primary care trust public health directors. It is run in association with the Association of Public Health Observatories (www.apho.org.uk). If you are a PCT director of public health and want to join the panel e-mail rebecca.allmark@emap.com