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Cut in funding threatens skilled staff

26th May 2011

MPs have warned that valuable health intelligence expertise is facing “fragmentation and dissolution” following a 30% cut in the core funding of public health observatories.

The Commons health committee was told that the nine observatories in England were already starting to lose skilled staff due to the combined impact of funding cuts and uncertainty over their future. While details are unclear, the health white paper hinted that the intelligence gathering function of the observatories would be integrated into the new body Public Health England.

 

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