Labour has warned that transferring responsibility for tackling problems such as obesity and alcohol from the NHS to local councils - as part of an overhaul of the NHS - could be a "car crash".
In principle I support the handover of public health to local authorities. But in practice, because the Government has been so preoccupied with the wider NHS re-organisation, this handover could be a car crash.
The Government only announced the public health financial allocations a few weeks ago. This was far too late and has made it impossible for local authorities to plan properly.
The distribution has been blatantly unfair. The amounts per head of population will vary wildly, from £22 per head in Windsor and Maidenhead to £132 in Westminster. There is also no weighting towards the public health needs of children and young people, whose frontline services are already being cut in some areas.
It is wrong that this Government is unleashing this careless postcode lottery.
More top news
A convict recaptured by police after three weeks on the run made a dry run the night before he broke out of a New York prison.
Teachers at a school in Northamptonshire made a unique farewell gift for their Year 11 leavers.
The advertising watchdog has ruled the "beach body ready" campaign was not offensive or socially irresponsible.