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Health Promotion Teams

Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the district health authorities which have health promotion teams or units and those which include general practitioners on these teams.

I understand that only four district health authorities out of 191 are currently without a health education unit. These are: Bassetlaw, Leeds Western and Waltham Forest, which at present rely on services provided by health education units in neighbouring authorities, and Somerset, which has part-time cover. No information is collected centrally on the membership of health promotion teams, but we estimate that, whereas about 250 health education officers were employed by district health authorities and regional health authorities in 1979, the current number is over 600.