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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2000): Public Health - UK

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L. Whitfield

Health Service Journal, vol. 110, Aug. 24th 2000, p. 12-13

Presents comment on the NHS plan's recommendations for improving public health. These consist of specific plans to tackle specific issues such as smoking, a pledge to develop national targets for inequalities and then use them to redistribute NHS funding, and a sketch of a shake-up for the public health function.

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E. Ison and S. Griffiths

Health Service Journal, vol. 110, July 13th 2000, p. 12-13

Government policy requires that health authorities and local councils assess the effects of their policies on public health. A survey of current activity in health impact assessments indicated considerable interest across the UK, with a range of activity already under way. HIA can be conducted in a variety of ways to meet local needs. It would be beneficial to establish a national network to share experiences and achieve consistency in HIAs.

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