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Dismantling the signposts to public health? NHS data under the Health and Social Care Act 2012

Pollock, A. M., Macfarlane, A. J. & Godden, S. (2012). Dismantling the signposts to public health? NHS data under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 2012(344), doi: 10.1136/bmj.e2364


The Health and Social Care Act 2012 will replace the administrative structure of the NHS in England, currently based on the resident populations of defined geographical areas, with one that relates instead to the shifting populations of individuals registered with specific general practices at given points in time.1 This will radically change the longstanding basis for collecting data routinely about the health needs of local populations, making it difficult to monitor the effect of new legislation on the health of the population locally or nationally.2 3 We discuss some of the implications of the act for existing routine data systems and the production of routine statistics that underpin essential NHS functions, including monitoring healthcare provision and ensuring equity of access, allocation of resources, and measurement of outcomes.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Cardiovascular medicine, Child health, Drugs: cardiovascular system, Epidemiologic studies, Epidemiology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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