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Public Health: Greater London

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 93831, tabled on 15 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the resourcing of public health departments in London to respond to the spread of the omicron covid-19 variant.

Answered on

10 January 2022

Since June 2021, local outbreak planning and response is undertaken through the Local Outbreak Management Plans. The development of Local Outbreak Management Plans is led by Directors of Public Health, on behalf of Upper Tier Local Authorities (UTLA) which have statutory responsibility for public health. The Plans are regularly reviewed and assessed by the local National Health Service, general practitioners, employers, voluntary organisations and other community partners.

Each UTLA has a local outbreak plan developed in line with the Association of Directors of Public Health’s guiding principles. One of the core principles is to be sufficiently resourced, both financially and with the appropriate expertise.