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“Deeply disappointing” public health cuts will increase demand on NHS,says expert

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6035 (Published 09 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6035
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

The Department of Health for England has announced that it will press ahead with a flat rate cut of 6.2% to the public health grant for all 152 local authorities across England,1 despite repeated warnings that cuts would be a false economy and inevitably impinge on NHS services.

The announcement comes after Chancellor George Osborne’s decision in June to lop £200m (€280m; $300m) off the 2015-16 public health settlement, as part of his plans to rein in central government spending and curb public debt.

The cuts come on top of a zero increase to the £2.8bn public health grant for this financial year2 and amid considerable variation in existing spending per head of population across local authorities as a result of allocations derived from historical public health budgeting by the now defunct NHS primary care …

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