Published: 08/12/2005 Volume 115 No. 5985 Page 9

The DoH and staff unions appear to have adopted a holding position on whether public health staff should be protected during the reconfiguration.

Although the HR framework states that 'staff predominantly engaged in providing clinical services' will not be affected by the reorganisation, it does not repeat an earlier assurance that all posts associated with delivering Choosing Health - including managers - will be protected. The document says the 'DoH has reinforced the importance of strengthening' public health delivery.