Public Health England
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The bulk of PHE comprises the Health Protection Agency (HPA), much of which carries on its work more-or-less unchanged, under the new PHE logo. Other arms length bodies that moved into Public Health England included:
- National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA)
- Public Health Observatories
- Cancer Registries (see also Wikipedia Cancer registry page, ganfyd Cancer page).
- Regional Public Health Groups
- Department of Health policy staff
- National Screening Committee (ganfyd screening page)
The significance of being an Executive Agency
It is, apparently, normal practice for employees of Executive Agencies to be civil servants, working to the Civil Service code.
This requires a level of secrecy which many think is incompatible with the role of a consultant, let alone a consultant in public health medicine or communicable disease control. Such professionals need to be free to speak up for the populations they serve, free from political constraint; and should have the right to participate in political activity in a way which is not permitted for civil servants.
There is a precedent for Executive Agency staff remaining on non-Civil Service Terms and Conditions: when the Regional Health Authorities were replaced by Regional Offices of the Department of Health, medical staff continued to be employed within them on NHS terms and conditions.
- Department of Health Press release about the proposed formation of PHE from November
- ↑ Marsland A. Public Health England (Dear Colleague Letter). London: Department of Health; 1-6
- ↑ Department of Health. Building a Public Health England People Transition Policy. London: Department of Health, (16 February); 1-29
- ↑ Department of Health. Public Health England – A new service to get people healthy (Press Release). Updated 30 November; Accessed: (21 March): Press release