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The public health system in England$
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David J. Hunter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424631

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424631.001.0001

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

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

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The public health system in England
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David J Hunter

Linda Marks

Katherine E Smith

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424631.003.0004

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

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