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Public health: Delay in confirming budgets for 2023-24 is harming the public, says leader

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p375 (Published 15 February 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p375
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

A top public health leader has accused ministers of causing people harm by failing to confirm how much central grant money local authorities will receive for public health for 2023-24.

Jim McManus, president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, said on 14 February that directors of public health were deeply concerned at still not knowing what their grant allocations would be from April.

The association believes allocations have already been decided and said that directors of public health need to know them to plan services.

McManus said, “Delays in announcements harm people. These budgets fund local services that protect and improve public …

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