Previous Article Next Article Greater co-ordination planned for public healthOn 1 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today The Government is planning to improve the co-ordination of public healthservices at primary care level by establishing dedicated public health networksaround the country. Health minister Lord Hunt said in November the Government planned networksto “pool expertise and skills in specialist areas of public health”for GPs. Primary care trusts will also be required to appoint a director of publichealth and a specialist support team. He said each network will be able to respond to the needs of cities forpublic health advice and action programmes. “The new NHS structures will not be able to ‘match’ every localauthority boundary, but a flexible and responsive public health network will beable to support cities like Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle upon Tyne inbecoming healthy cities.” Each network will be expected to be established and designed at a locallevel, but they will be co-ordinated by regional directors of public health,who will represent the Department of Health. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.