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Public Health Dangers

The following letter, supported by Blenheim, has been published in the Daily Telegraph today. The letter to the editors warning on the impact of public health cuts, and calling for investment in public health in the Spending Review in order to secure the future of the NHS.

“The Government’s spending review will determine public expenditure to 2019-20. Again the Government has stressed that it will protect the NHS from cuts. However, this means little while it fails to make a similar commitment on public health.

We write as a group of concerned organisations who are convinced that the NHS will only be sustainable if we prioritise public health – the conclusion also of the NHS Five Year Forward View, which has been backed by the Government.

The public-health budget, distributed to local councils, needs to be protected and indeed increased. Instead, this year the Chancellor made in-year cuts of £200 million.

Cutting public health means cuts to front-line contraceptive and sexual health services, as well as drugs and alcohol services. It also means more diabetes, cancer and heart disease and poorer mental health as we fail to address obesity, smoking and other risks.

We call on the Government to commit itself to increasing the public health budget in real terms, to maintain a ring-fence to ensure such funds are spent on public health, and for Public Health England to be adequately resourced.”

The letter is supported by the following organisations;

Deborah Gold – CEO, National Aids Trust
Paul Farmer – CEO, Mind
Dr Liam O’Toole – CEO, Arthritis Research UK
Lord Adebowale – CEO, Turning Point
Carole Sharma – CEO, Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals
Charles Gore – CEO, Hepatitis C Trust
Jackie Morton – Interim CEO, Terrence Higgins Trust
Niamh Eastwood – Executive Director, Release
Dr Steve Brinksman – CEO, Substance Misuse Management Good Practice
Natika Halil – CEO, FPA
Jules Hillier – CEO, Brook
Ruth Lowbury – CEO, Medfash
Jasmijn de Boo – CEO, The Vegan Society
Rick Lines – Executive Director, Harm Reduction International
Jamie Bridge – Chair, National Needle Exchange Forum
Paul Wells – Chair, UK Harm Reduction Alliance
Dr Greg Usher – CEO Metro Charity
Rosie Robinson – CEO, George House Trust
Tom Doyle – CEO, Yorkshire Mesmac
Paul Martin – CEO, LGBT Foundation
Emma Colyer – Director, Body & Soul
Mark Santos – CEO, Positive East
Allan Anderson – CEO, Positively UK
John Jolly – CEO, Blenheim
Donna Bone – CEO, Positive Action
Karen Skipper – CEO, West London Gay Men’s Project
Celia Fisher – CEO, Lass
Suzanne Bannister – CEO, Herts Aid
Chris Woolls – Director, The Cara Trust
Sebastian Saville – CEO, IDHDP

You can read the letter under the heading ‘Public-health dangers’ via the following link.

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