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09 Dec 2021

The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London

Bring down the bodies

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I own a sturdy canvas shoulder bag which was given to me by the Health Protection Agency (it bears the logo) when I attended one of the now defunct agency’s events in, maybe 2007. The event was about hygiene in care homes, I recall, and most of the speakers had a real down on carpets. The bag has lasted a lot longer than the agency – I use it to keep my software start-up disks in.

Created in 2003 the HPA was decreated 10 years later and was subsumed into the new Public Health England which came into being in the wake of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Now, a mere seven years later, it has been scrapped, making way for the new National Institute for Health Protection.

I’m a bit sad that I didn’t manage to get a Public Health England bag before Matt Hancock gave them their marching orders and it seems a bit pointless getting one from the new body because my collection will always be incomplete.

The whole thing seems a bit pointless. This latest change is widely perceived as an attempt by the government to make PHE a future scapegoat for egregious errors in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s an old trick which, if indeed is the case, I don’t think will work. I suspect it is more to do with being seen do be doing something while fighting shy of tackling any real issues such as social care reform; it’s another old trick and so we stumble along

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