Proposition 2: Local government is a public health organisation

Proposition facilitator: Phil Swann, Programme Director, Shared Intelligence

The origins of our public health system lie in the response of local government to the cholera outbreak of the 1840s. Civic leaders, including business, the church, and typically the local press, became involved in mobilising local assets and resources for sanitary reform. Water, sewers, paved streets and refuse collection were followed by a focus on housing and town planning. The success of local government in defending the health of its citizens not only led to enhanced legal and fundraising powers but to enhanced credibility. Over time the range of local government provided services became formidable – and so successful were local authorities in providing direct services that many have come to think that that is the core business of local government losing sight of its role in providing leadership and mobilising and enabling communities. The discussion will consider how best local government can promote the health and well being of its citizens through innovative commissioning of seamless health and social care services

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