Consultation response: Health Select Committee inquiry on public health post 2013

The RCP believes that physicians and medical professionals have a key role to play not only in managing ill health, but also in supporting people to live healthier lives. Harnessing the skills and expertise of hospital doctors across the system can help to build a healthier future for individuals and communities across the UK.

Summary

  • Following the Health and Social Care Act, fragmented commissioning arrangements have had an impact on the delivery of public health interventions and on patient care.
  • In many areas of England, patients are experiencing the adverse consequences of fragmented care, particularly with regard to sexual health services.
  • There is currently no effective mechanism for coordinating joined up action on obesity at the local level between Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities and at the national level between Public Health England (PHE), the Department of Health and other government departments.
  • Cuts to spending on public health will incur serious and lasting implications for both the health of communities across England and the sustainability of the NHS.

Contact

For more information please contact Methela Haque, public affairs adviser via email on methela.haque@rcplondon.ac.uk