Published: 04/03/2004, Volume II4, No. 5895 Page 24

The Wanless report validates the partnership work we have all been trying to do both locally and across north-east London.

The challenge to everyone - and directors of public health in particular - to provide effective leadership is welcome and enhancing for the profession.

Derek Wanless should be recognised as a champion of public health with a fellowship to the Faculty of Public Health.He recognises the gaps in knowledge and the lack of evidence base which is a real limitation for us.

We especially embrace the focus on getting more rigour into public health policy and on public health delivery systems.

Dr Sheila Adam Director of public health North East London SHA Plus the SHA's six PCT directors of public health