We are responsible for:
- making the public healthier and reducing differences between the health of different groups by promoting healthier lifestyles, advising government and supporting action by local government, the NHS and the public
- protecting the nation from public health hazards
- preparing for and responding to public health emergencies
- improving the health of the whole population by sharing our information and expertise, and identifying and preparing for future public health challenges
- supporting local authorities and the NHS to plan and provide health and social care services such as immunisation and screening programmes, and to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce
- researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of public health challenges, and come up with answers to public health problems
We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.
Right. So here’s a veritable Roman legion of busybodies (they have 5,500 employees, which is pretty much a Roman legion) who intend to make the public healthier.
We are an executive agency of the Department of Health, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.
We employ 5,500 staff (full-time equivalent), mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals.
We have 8 local centres, plus an integrated region and centre for London, and 4 regions (north of England, south of England, Midlands and east of England, and London).
We work closely with public health professionals in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and internationally.
Public Health England was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service.
I’m wondering where the £4.5 billion is being spent. It works out at about £800,000 per employee. But that’s 5 times what Deborah Arnott gets.
I suppose that the 9 centres will need offices, computers, and of course helicopters to respond to public heath emergencies. In fact I imagine that a lot of the money will be for advertising, to tell people how to be healthy. And much of it may also be a slush fund for other non-governmental public health activists.
And all at the taxpayer’s expense. And given the population of England is about 55 million, that’s nearly £100 a year from every single man, woman, and child in England.
None of these people will be doing anything remotely useful. They won’t be making life easier for anybody. In fact, as they restrict and ban more and more things (tobacco, alcohol, sugar, salt, fat, etc) they’ll be making life harder and harder for almost everybody. For as they demand that everybody get more exercise (i.e. do more work), and eat more healthily (i.e. eat less food), they will be gradually turning England into a labour camp on starvation rations, with everyone pleasingly “slim” and “fit”.
Perhaps this is how government grows. It invents new things for itself to do. It finds new “threats” and potential “emergencies”. The “threats” are discovered by “research”. The “threats” are mostly entirely imaginary. e.g. secondhand tobacco smoke or anthropogenic global warming. In each case the “threat” is used to increase both taxes and restrictive regulations, and to increase the number of government agencies in tandem with the number of perceived “threats”.