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How DH works

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The Department of Health is committed to improving the quality and convenience of care provided by the NHS and social services.

Its work includes setting national standards, shaping the direction of health and social care services and promoting healthier living.

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The DH Guide

Downloadable guide to what we do and how we do it.

Regional public health groups (PHGs) (opens new window)

PHGs are part of the Department of Health, and are linked to each of the nine regional government offices.

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