MPs demand public heath body be politically independent


MPs have demanded that the new public health body for England must be independent of government while saying nudges to encourage better personal health will not work.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has welcomed the Health Select Committee's findings after raising the issues previously and called for a minimum alcohol price to be introduced. In its report, the Committee concluded that Public Health England (PHE) "must be - and, just as importantly, must be perceived as being - independent of the government." The MPs also warned of the need for more clarity about who will be in charge in a public health emergency - such as a flu pandemic. And they insisted that the Secretary of State for Health to be given (under the Health and Social Care ...

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