Covid-19

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:42 pm on 1st September 2020.

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Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine Conservative, Winchester 3:42 pm, 1st September 2020

The Secretary of State will know that, as somebody who knows PHE well and knows what it actually does, I have some concerns about the changes that he announced last month. Although I can see the arguments about future health protection and future pandemics, of which sadly there will be more, we need to know who is taking ownership of the long-term public health work on smoking, air quality, obesity and childhood vaccinations, and the inequalities work that PHE does. Is he considering bringing that experience and vast expertise, which I benefited from as a Minister, back into the Department of Health and Social Care, for instance?