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Fear of public health nursing break up

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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.

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  • As a HV, if I have to work for the LA I will be leaving.

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  • As a retired HV I can only endorse the former poster. My last post TUPED over to the Local Authority which was awful. I did not join the NHS to become a council box ticker!!! Fortunately I was able to retire as of April this year. Anyone who was able Transferred south across the border into another country who were still in the NHS. It proved worth the commute to remain under nNHS conditions. The mindless bureacracy of the intellectually challenged council bosses wa s not something in which this HV wished to participate, Tendering my resignation on April Fool's Day summed up my opinion of the whole ghastly mess!

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