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The evolution of the public health function in England (2): 1997–2009

David J Hunter, Linda Marks and Katherine E Smith

in The public health system in England

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424631
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303978 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424631.003.0004
The evolution of the public health function in England (2): 1997–2009

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This chapter reviews the policy and organisational changes that have occurred since 1997 following a change of government. New Labour sought to accord a high priority to the health of the public and was strongly committed to putting both health improvement and health inequalities back on the policy agenda. An important symbol of this new policy emphasis was the appointment of the UK's first ever Minister for Public Health. The chapter presents and assesses the various policy developments from 1997 to the present day, including the two public health White Papers of 1999 and 2004 respectively. It also examines other developments affecting public health within this period, including changes in the structure of the NHS, the relaunching of commissioning under the heading ‘world class commissioning’, and the policy shifts towards markets and choice in the provision of health and health care.

Keywords: New Labour Party; UK; health improvement; health inequalities; public health White Papers; NHS

Chapter.  15655 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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