'Financially unviable' public health mag to shut

Public Health News magazine will cease publication on 3 July, as it has become "financially unviable" according to an official statement posted on the title's website.

Closure of the fortnightly publication is blamed on a "marked downturn in the job recruitment market and a consequent significant reduction in the magazine's advertising revenue."

Restructuring of the Primary Care Trust network announced last year was named as a "particular" contributing factor. Health trusts have been reluctant to employ staff during this period of uncertainty although a government announcement clarifying the situation is expected within a few months.

PHN is produced by Chadwick House Publishing in collaboration with several organisations including the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

CIEH chief executive Graham Jukes said in the company statement that the closure decision had been reached with "regret" and that the title had done an "excellent job".

With a full-time staff of just three, the title relied on an extensive network of freelances and public health professionals.

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