Treasury under pressure over COMF extension
The Treasury is facing pressure to reassure English councils that funding to help reduce the spread of coronavirus will be renewed beyond March.
Places’ key role in changing times
Leaders from a range of local government disciplines came together at a conference to consider how place fits at a time of rapid change and to lay out their future priorities. Ann McGauran reports.
Leading the warriors out of COVID
Jim McManus talks to Martin Ford about the impact of the COVID crisis on directors of public health and says we need to take the opportunity to learn the lessons of the pandemic so that we are ready in the future.
Public health grant cuts run counter to levelling up, say experts
Real terms cuts to local public health work against levelling up and the Government must boost funding after years of underinvestment, say two leading health organisations.
‘Dig deep and continue’
A ‘huge’ unvaccinated group of six million adults and deepening inequalities are among the risks as communities begin to move towards economic and social recovery. Ann McGauran reports.
ADPH president gets Whitehall role
The president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, Jeanelle de Gruchy, has been appointed as the new deputy chief medical officer for England.
Lifting lockdown on June 21 'risks reversing progress,' public health directors warn
Lifting lockdown measures on June 21 ‘risks reversing the significant progress we have made,’ the vice-president of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) has warned.
COVID dogmatism helps nobody
The next stage of the UK COVID strategy will be more challenging, but ‘waiting for a perfect answer before acting can kill,’ warns Jim McManus.
A conference has delved into the most crucial issues facing local government public health leaders and their communities a year on from the first lockdown. Ann McGauran reports.
Hancock launches 'dedicated, mission driven institution' to halt future pandemics
A new ‘dedicated, mission-driven’ institution to halt future pandemics will build on existing expertise and new capabilities developed during COVID, says the secretary of state for health and care.
Whitty defends decision to centralise initial pandemic response
A year on from the first lockdown England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has defended the Government’s decision to centralise the response at the start of the pandemic.
Public health chiefs call for more data on jab take-up
Councils still lack the detailed data they need on COVID vaccination take-up to tackle inequities and reduce transmission, public health experts said this week.
Financing health is vital to our futures
Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy says the upcoming Budget is a chance to act on the lessons of COVID-19 – and now is the moment to start building the path towards a healthy recovery.
Local public health proves its worth in a crisis
COVID has emphasised the importance of public health teams being part of local government, says Professor Maggie Rae. But councils need the resources to address the fallout from this pandemic and prepare for the next one.
Starting from the wrong place?
The first White Paper on NHS reform in nearly a decade confirms England will be covered by statutory integrated care systems. Ann McGauran canvasses local government sector experts on the contents.
Extremist fears over vaccine myths
Far-right extremists are feared to be behind the circulation of coronavirus vaccine myths on social media, a director of public health has warned.
‘We’re still not doing what works in many areas’
Are the Government’s latest early years’ initiatives enough to improve the life chances for vulnerable children – or is more leadership and vision needed? Ann McGauran reports from the Early Intervention Foundation conference.
ADPH chief slams failure to increase public health grant
The Government’s failure to include a public health grant increase in the Spending Review was branded ‘utterly incomprehensible’ by the UK’s most senior public health chief.
A dose of reality
What will the main challenges be for the sector as local government gears up for a prominent role in new COVID-vaccination strategies? Ann McGauran talks to key figures about the task ahead.
Doubts raised over mass testing rollout
Public health officials have questioned the feasibility and effectiveness of extending mass COVID-19 testing in tier three areas.