Memorandum by County Durham and Darlington
Health Authority (PH 80)
The evidence includes:
| definitions of health
| determinants of health
| improving health and reducing inequalities and exclusionorganisational roles
| role of PCGs/PCTs||4
| role of Directors of Public Health
| inequalitiespresent public health policy role of Health Authorities
1. Addressing public health issues, especially the underlying
causes of inequality and deprivation, is complex and often slow.
It is important to be realistic about what can be achieved.
2. Reductions in poverty and unemployment would have
a profound impact on the health of our people.
3. Real joint working between health authorities and
local government is vital. Many Directors of Public Health would
welcome joint responsibility to health and local authorities.
4. Primary Care Groups and Primary Care Trusts have a
vital role to play in addressing these challenges. Health promotion
services should be placed within PCGs/PCTs.
1st December 2000