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Funding cuts could kill local authorities’ enthusiasm for improving public health, experts say

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1282 (Published 02 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1282
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Cuts to public health funding could undermine efforts to lessen health inequalities made by local authorities, MPs have been told.

Public health experts warned, during an evidence session held on 1 March of the parliamentary health committee, that cuts were dampening local authorities’ enthusiasm and damaging this area of work, which could significantly reduce demand on the NHS.

Responsibility for public health passed from the NHS to local government in 2013. During the committee’s session for its inquiry into how the transition has worked, MPs asked whether health inequalities—across the country and socioeconomic backgrounds—were levelling out.

Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology in public health and director of the …

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