Public health nursing teams must not be broken up when they are transferred to local authority control, specialists have warned.
The public health white paper, due to be published next month, will propose shifting responsibility for preventative health from primary care trusts - which will be abolished in April 2013 - to councils.
Public health leaders have told Nursing Times they are concerned this move may split up established teams of health professionals and damage services.
Faculty of Public Health president professor Lindsey Davies said: “We want nurses and other professionals kept as a coherent whole, transferred with the director of public health directors to provide a continuing service.”
Association of Public Health Directors president Frank Atherton said there would be “bad outcomes for communities” if teams of nurses and other health professionals were broken up.