MPs take further evidence on public health issues

07 June 2011

The Committee holds its second oral evidence session as part of this inquiry into Public Health.

Public health is a vital, but too often neglected, aspect of the National Health Service. The current constraints on public finances make it more important than ever to limit and reduce the overall demand for NHS services by preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health. At the same time, the aim of reducing health inequalities becomes ever more pressing as the burden of ill health falls in an increasingly disproportionate way on the poorest, as well as on other disadvantaged social groups.

This new inquiry will review major changes being proposed by Government to the organisation of public health services, as part of its wider plans for reform of the NHS.


At 10.30am, Tuesday 7 June, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

  • Professor David Heymann CBE, Chair of the Board, Health Protection Agency
  • Baroness Doreen Massey, Chair of the Board, National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
  • Professor Brian Ferguson, National Transition Director for Public Health Observatories
  • David Meechan, Executive Committee member, UK Association of Cancer Registries

At 11.45 am

  • Councillor David Rogers OBE, Chair of the Community Wellbeing Programme Board, Local Government Group
  • Jo Webber, Deputy Policy Director, NHS Confederation
  • Dr Frank Atherton, President, Association of Directors of Public Health
  • Dr Keith Reid, Co-Chair, Public Health Medicine Committee, British Medical Association

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