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Information about Scotland's new public health body.
The new national public health body, Public Health Scotland, has begun to exercise its full range of functions as of 1 April 2020. The body has been created to lead and co-ordinate work to improve the nation’s health and reduce health inequalities – with its immediate priority being the response to Covid-19.
This new national Special Health Board has been under development for some time in partnership with COSLA, and will bring together existing organisations within our health service including services currently provided by Health Protection Scotland (HPS), Information Services Division (ISD) and NHS Health Scotland.
Public Health Scotland will amalgamate a wealth of diverse public health expertise that will continue to closely support the Covid-19 pandemic response, with Health Protection Scotland (HPS) already having a leading and continuing role in providing expert advice and support using the latest data, intelligence and research.