British Association of Social Workers Special Interest Group on HIV and Sexual Health
Professional Social Work, July 2002, p.18-19
Presents a summary of the Group's response to the government's strategy on HIV and sexual health. Concludes that the strategy document offers open-ended promises without concrete policy and procedure. Argues that the strategy reinforces stereotypes in a number of areas and emphasises the medical rather than the social model of service provision.
Department of Health and Wales Office
The government proposes the creation of a single agency to provide support for health protection and health emergency planning. The agency will take responsibility for providing and/or commissioning services in the fields of infectious diseases and environmental hazards such as chemicals, radiation and poisons. It will replace services currently offered by the National Radiological Protection Board, and various bodies established by the National Health Service Act such as the Public Health Laboratory Service.
Primary Care Report, vol.4, no. 11, June 26th 2002, p.25-26
Argues that NHS policy and performance measures are focused on service improvement and national targets. Suggests that local authorities through their health scrutiny function could form partnerships with primary care trusts to improve public health at the local level.
S Shaw and S Abbott
Health Service Journal, vol.112, June 27th 2002, p.28-31
Organisations involved in public health welcome primary care trusts' role in the reorganised service and the establishment of public health networks. However there are concerns about shortage of specialist expertise. They believe that PCTs have not yet developed their public health role and have concerns about the inequitable distribution of public health resources amongst them. The public health role of strategic health authorities is also seen as unclear.