CIEH comments on report into delivery of public health by district councils

Publication Date: 19th November 2015

Subject: Public health

Graham Jukes Following a report published by the King’s Fund on ‘The district council contribution to public health’, Graham Jukes OBE, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), said: 

 “District councils face important challenges going forward and their service delivery, particularly when it comes to taking care of their residents’ health, is going to be significantly impacted by further cuts to their income from central government.

“This report expertly highlights the potential of district councils to deliver effective public health services and we welcome any measures that can help them achieve improvements in helping people feel better both physically and mentally, which in-turn will help reduce the strain on other health services.

“Environmental health is also recognised within the report as a major factor in determining people’s health and wellbeing and rightly so. We agree that further evidence on the effectiveness of environmental health interventions need to be made and as the report recommends, we would welcome the opportunity to work with the DCN and other stakeholders to highlight the substantial positive return when you properly invest in environmental health services.”

ENDS 

Notes to editors  

For more information about the CIEH, contact Steven Fifer: 020 7827 5922; s.fifer@cieh.org  

King’s Fund report ‘The district council contribution to public health: a time of challenge and opportunity’: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/articles/district-council-contribution-public-health  

 About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):  

The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved.    

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities.    

The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.     

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