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Council takes over public health

Obesity, smoking and drinking are among the issues Surrey County Council will tackle after taking control of public health.

Responsibility for improving the health of Surrey’s communities and reducing inequalities officially transferred from the NHS on Monday (1 April).

The county council is now responsible for 23 public health functions, which will see it tackle issues such as reducing obesity, helping people to quit smoking and supporting those who drink too much alcohol. It will work alongside Surrey’s districts and boroughs because of the close link between housing, leisure and health.

The changes form part of a major national overhaul of the NHS, where GP-led clinical commissioning groups have taken over from primary care trusts and are responsible for how money is spent on healthcare.

Surrey County Council’s Assistant Chief Executive Susie Kemp said: “We have put in all the preparation and now we can get to work on really making an impact on improving the health of people in Surrey.

“Promoting healthy lifestyles and helping people live independently longer is already at the heart of what we do and taking on public health means that together with local communities we will decide how best to improve the health and wellbeing of residents.”

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