Following February’s VHS Sounding Board on the Public Health Review, we have now submitted our response to the Review Engagement Paper. The key points made in our response are:
- In order to tackle (health) inequalities in Scotland, public health needs to be understood as a joint endeavour between the public and voluntary sectors
- However, current structures are perceived to be inadequate to harness this joint endeavour
- There is a disconnect between the formal Public Health endeavour and the contribution/offer of the third sector
- This can be seen in the current understanding of the core public health workforce, which ostensibly excludes those outside the public sector.