How councils keep public health top of the agenda

By Professor Jim McManus | 25 May 2022

This year we are celebrating the 175th anniversary of the first ever municipal public health official in England. In 1847, Dr William Duncan was appointed in Liverpool in the middle of a cholera epidemic

He was actually appointed a year before the 1848 Public Health Act provided a framework for local government to take action – the profession of director of public health started in local government and, in England, we are back in local government.

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