Dear Marion,


We have today published our response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the creation of the new National Public Health Body ‘Public Health Scotland’ (see annex). We welcome the opportunities that the new body will have to produce evidence to improve public health, and in particular the commitment to make better use of data.

We are aware that statistics production is an integral part of the Target Operating Model for the new body. Nevertheless, the statutory responsibilities that accompany its status as an official statistics producer, and the independent role of the Head of Profession for Statistics, need to be more prominently reflected in its governance and functions.

We look forward to working with Public Health Scotland to support its new role as the key producer of evidence to support the drive to improve Scotland’s health.

Your sincerely

Ed Humpherson
Director General for Regulation


Related Links:

‘Public Health Scotland’ consultation, Scottish Government, May 2019