Faith in national targets on child obesity and teenage pregnancy continued to fall, according to results from the latest HSJ Barometer survey of primary care trust public health directors.

Faith in national targets on child obesity and teenage pregnancy continued to fall, according to results from the latest HSJ Barometer survey of primary care trust public health directors.

Our contribution from East Midlands Public Health Observatory underlines the high level of variation in performance in this last area.

However, confidence in local targets was more positive, with the indicators for sexual health access and drug treatment both continuing to rise.

The public health barometer is based on an anonymous survey of 90 PCT 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 are interested in joining the panel, please e-mail

nick.edwards@emap.com