Book News: July 14th, 1999

By Shona Arora, Anne Davies and Sarah Thompson.

Health Improvement Programmes are designed to ensure that health authorities, primary care groups and local councils work together to identify and act on the underlying causes of avoidable ill health locally. This report produced by the King’s Fund summarises findings from interviews in the London area. The authors found enthusiasm for the initiative and for the opportunity to work together with other organisations. But they warn of difficulties because local councils are overwhelmed with a wealth of other new obligations and primary care groups are in their infancy. They also warn that because doctors dominate the boards of primary care groups, the Improvement Programmes can become too narrowly focused on clinical issues.

Available from the King’s Fund Bookshop 0207 307 2591. Price 5 pounds 95p.