Directors of public health are pivotal in tackling health inequalities

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BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 20 September 2016)

“The BMJ reports on plans for government policy to tackle health inequalities.1

The health select committee’s report is clear about why public health is important and the key roles the NHS has to play.2

However, many doctors and nurses will need training and time to deliver additional preventive advice.

The committee’s report also highlights the needs assessment skills that public health specialists can bring to commissioning. To enhance capability and capacity, we strongly believe that each clinical commissioning group must include a public health specialist on its board.3

We welcome the report’s………………”

Read BMJ 2016;354:i5013

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