Leading organisations call on Chancellor to reverse public health cuts to public health budget
FPH today joins the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and seven leading organisations in calling on the Chancellor to reverse the decision to cut £200 million from the local authority public health budget.
Professor John Ashton, President of the UK Faculty of Public Health, said: "Our members are telling us loud and clear that this is a cut to the NHS in all but name. It will increase pressure on the health service by decreasing investment in preventing ill health."
FPH and the AoMRC have been joined by the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH), British Dental Association, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, London Councils, Local Government Association (LGA), SOLACE and the UK Health Forum. The letter is available via: http://bit.ly/1Me3gm9
Professor Ashton said: "Whether it is a quit smoking service in Manchester, a breastfeeding service in Essex or contraception and sexual health services across the country, the £200 million cuts are already having impact on people across England. The cuts may be a small part of the overall deficit, but they are a significant loss for everyone's health: we estimate the cost to the NHS to be at least £1bn. It is not too late to reverse this decision and protect the public health ringfence."
"We call on the Chancellor not to implement any further cuts to the public health budget in the upcoming Comprehensive Review. If the government is serious about implementing the Five Year Forward View, or Stevens Plan, then it needs to prioritise the public health services that can save the NHS money, not cut them."
Written: 22/10/2015 , last modified: 23/02/2016