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Tough choices for NHS should not increase inequalities

The Institute for Fiscal Studies report, published yesterday, about how people may have to pay charges in the future for NHS services touches on a well-known but uncomfortable truth: increased demand and reduced funding means difficult decisions are being made about how the NHS is paid for. The reorganisation of the health service was supposed to help the ongoing drive to save £20 billion.
 
The Faculty of Public Health believes that safeguards must be made to ensure that funding is maintained for public health services once they are provided by local authorities in eight months’ time. Introducing charging for services – which are already funded by taxpayers - would increase inequality and hit the worst off the hardest.

Written: 05/07/2012 , last modified: 07/11/2012