The government has responded to the House of Commons Health Select Committee (HSC) report on Public Health England, published in February 2014. The response addresses concerns about PHE’s independence, policy work and relationship with the government. PHE has to be part of government, but operationally autonomous.
“The Government accepts that sometimes what PHE publishes may be challenging, but there is no subject that is out-of-bounds. The critical point is that whatever PHE says should be soundly based in evidence, transparent about the limits of our knowledge, and focused on areas where PHE can make a unique contribution and add most value”. (p.3)
Government Response to the House of Commons Health Committee Report on Public Health England (Eighth Report of Session 2013-14). Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health by Command of Her Majesty. Cm 8881. London: Department of Health, June 2014.
This relates to:
House of Commons Health Committee. Public Health England. Eighth Report of Session 2013–14. Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 4 February 2014. HC 840. London: Stationery Office Limited, February 26th 2014.