Cuts in health prevention budgets will hit the NHS, says NHS England chief

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 08 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3236
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

The NHS in England can expect to feel the effects of cuts by local authorities to key public health and prevention services, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has told MPs.

Stevens said that when services for sexual health, drug or alcohol abuse, and smoking prevention diminished this would “show up as extra demand, in more expensive parts of the NHS, within 12 months.”

Stevens wrote the blueprint for the future of the NHS—which called for a radical upgrade in prevention and support for wider public health measures—in November 2014.1

He told the Commons health committee on 7 June that he was concerned about local authority cutbacks having an “impact on downstream demand.”

Stevens said that …

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