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Anger as NHS England accused of public health 'land grab'

NHS England has been accused of a “crude” attempt to engineer a “land grab” after its NHS long-term plan suggested a diminished role for local government in public health.

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Primary care funding boost key to prevention strategy, says Hancock

Primary and community care’s share of the NHS England budget will rise in the long-term plan, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock announced today.

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NHS England 'should look beyond big killer diseases'

The lead researcher on a landmark public health study has said NHS England must look beyond cancer and heart disease and invest in preventing back pain, skin diseases and poor mental health which are leading causes of ill health.

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PHE chief: Smoking should be banned from all hospital sites

The chief executive of Public Health England has called for a blanket smoking ban on all hospital grounds to strengthen the NHS’s role in preventing ill health.


BMA calls for next government to tackle lifestyle issues

Alcohol, smoking and poor childhood diets are among public health issues that should be targeted by the next government, doctors have said.

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Plain cigarette packaging back on agenda

The government is to reconsider introducing plain packaging for cigarettes.


Anti-smoking campaigns top PHE marketing list

A quarter of Public Health England’s marketing budget will be spent on stopping smoking

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Sefton public health director takes on national role

Janet Atherton has been named as the next president of the Association of the Directors of Public Health.

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DH signs up 'trusted' agencies for PR campaigns

The Department of Health has appointed two media agencies to manage its public health awareness campaigns in a bid to “streamline” its approach to communications.

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PCTs to be monitored to protect against public health cuts

Primary care trusts will be monitored to ensure they are maintaining “appropriate” investment in local public health services during the transition to council control.


Lansley: 'honesty' needed to tackle obesity

People need to be honest with themselves about how much they eat and drink in order to tackle obesity, the government has said.

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Cigarette vending machines ban to improve health in children

A ban on vending machines selling tobacco that comes into force in England today will reduce the access children have to cigarettes and cut down the number of young smokers, it is hoped.

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NHS costs cut by smoking schemes, study shows

A new report which found that tobacco control programmes can cut health care costs has been hailed by anti-smoking campaigners Ash Scotland.

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Trebled number of smokers quitting sees overall success rate drop

The number of people trying to quit smoking via NHS services has roughly trebled in the last decade but success rates have fallen, figures show.


Lung cancer audit shows huge variations between trusts

An audit of lung cancer care has found wide regional variation in the number of patients receiving treatment.

Patient trust in public health information could be compromised by reforms

Trust in public health advice could be compromised by reforms

The perceived independence of public health advice could be compromised if Public Health England becomes an integrated government department, existing agencies have warned.

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Rethink public health data cuts - watchdog

A watchdog has called for a government rethink after discovering the NHS is set to axe the collection of key data on smoking, drinking and other health issues to cut costs.

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Bad habits in young people falling, study suggests

The number of youngsters in Scotland drinking alcohol at least once a week has fallen by more than a third over the last decade, according to a study.

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Anti-smoking strategy unveiled

New plans to drastically reduce smoking levels in Wales have been announced.

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Marmot voices 'nudge' doubts

The president of the British Medical Association has voiced doubts over the government’s “nudge” approach to public health.