Responsibility for public health transferred from the NHS to the council on 1st April 2013, under government reforms.
The role of public health is to improve the health of local residents, prevent risks to public health and reduce health inequalities to help people live longer, healthier lives.
Public health is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of services including:
Public health annual reports
All directors of public health in England are required to produce an independent annual report on the health of their population, highlighting key health risks and opportunities for people in Wigan. It also makes recommendations for action that local organisations, communities and individuals can take to improve health and wellbeing over the coming year.
Public health annual report 2017
The 2017 report consists of four chapters and recommendations and progress on last year's report.
Public health annual report 2016