Bow Group Submission to Health Select Committee Public Health Inquiry

Friday, June 10, 2011

On 10th June 2011, the Bow Group Health & Education Policy Committee submitted written evidence to the Health Select Committee’s inquiry into public health.  This follows the Bow Group’s recent submission to the Department of Health’s public consultation on the Government’s public health White Paper, ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our Strategy for Public Health in England’. The submission can be downloaded below.  In its inquiry, the Health Select Committee will consider:   ·         the creation of Public Health England within the Department of Health; ·         the abolition of the Health Protection Agency and the National; ·         Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse; ·         the public health role of the Secretary of State; ·         the future role of local government in public health (including arrangements for the appointment of Directors of Public Health; and the role of Health and Wellbeing Boards, Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies); ·         arrangements for public health involvement in the commissioning of NHS services; ·         arrangements for commissioning public health services; ·         the future of the Public Health Observatories; ·         the structure and purpose of the Public Health Outcomes Framework; ·         arrangements for funding public health services (including the Health Premium); ·         the future of the public health workforce (including the regulation of public health professionals); and, ·         how the Government is responding to the Marmot Review on health inequalities.   The Health Select Committee’s membership comprises prominent Conservative MPs including Stephen Dorrell (Chairman), Nadine Dorries, Dr. Sarah Wollaston and former Bow Group Chairman Chris Skidmore.     Stuart Carroll, Chairman of the Health & Education Policy Committee, said:   "It is pleasing to see the Health Select Committee undertake an inquiry into a fundamentally important part of the Government’s health reform programme, and an aspect of health policy that for far too long has been neglected and overlooked.  I am delighted to once again see the Bow Group playing a lead role in submitting evidence to important health consultations and inquiries.  Given the importance of the Government's far-reaching NHS reforms and the pending conclusions from the recent listening exercise, think tanks such as the Bow Group have an important role to play in shaping, formulating and improving Government policy.  I look forward to the Bow Group continuing to make its contribution in this regard, and thank the Health Select Committee for their invitation to submit evidence".     The Health Select Committee will be publishing its full report in due course.    For more information on the Bow Group Health & Education Policy Committee, please contact Stuart Carroll on