New public health services must be properly resourced and staffed if the white paper is to achieve its aims, a leading expert has said.

President of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) Lindsey Davies has warned today that to put the white paper plans into action, it is “vital to retain the expertise, experience and knowledge of the public health professionals around the country – underpinned by statutory regulation of all public health specialists”. 

Professor Davies continued: “Services are currently under real pressure, demands are increasing and funds are being cut.  If we are to deliver good public health outcomes, adequate resources are essential.”

However she said that the FPH supported public health’s return to local authorities and the authorities’ new responsibility for health. Public health was moved away from councils in the 1970s.