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We're going full circle... Your say.

THOUGH I have severe reservations over abolishing primary care trusts and replacing them with consortia of GP practices, I am pleased that in the Government White Paper the local authorities are to be given new powers to promote the public health.

The targets proposed are appropriate. It is good to see the concern expressed by a Conservative Secretary of State over the gross inequalities of health experience.

The difference between the parts of Teesside where the expectations of good health and those where the prospects are poor needs to be eliminated. This inequality has always been intolerable and if this is to be addressed, it is a good thing.

It seems to me that we are going full circle because there was a time when we had Medical Officers of Health with their own departments which included public health inspectors, health visitors and domiciliary midwives and the Medical Officer of Health produced an annual report.

This post and this arrangement was abolished by a Conservative Government A valuable organisation that was replaced by the last Labour Government was the Community Health Council, which really needed more teeth.

Perhaps the voluntary bodies who were involved in the community health council might be invited to the new statutory health committees GEOFFREY BULMER, Billingham
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2010
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