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Government Threatens Public Health Cuts

The Government say they are not cutting health spending but Public Health spending which was transferred to local authorities a couple of years ago will be slashed by £200m nationally (that's £6m in Birmingham). There should be a massive outcry about this.

Birmingham City Council has issued a media release on the threat of Government cuts to Public Health Spending.

"Birmingham’s health boss has warned Government cuts to public health funding will ‘hit the poorest hardest’ unless the city’s inequalities are taken into account.

The Department of Health has set out options to achieve the planned £200m in-year reduction to nationwide public health spending, with an across the board 6.2% cut for all authorities emerging as its preferred proposal.

That would mean a shortfall of almost £6 million in Birmingham, affecting projects and preventative services that support some of our most vulnerable citizens in the City.

Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, warned: “The Government is determined to pursue these damaging cuts, but the least they can do is reflect that not all local authorities face the same challenges.

“In Birmingham we face major health inequalities and have many more challenges than other areas, especially the more affluent parts of the country. Take life expectancy for example – it’s shocking that someone born in inner-city Birmingham can expect to live on average eight years less than someone born in the wealthier suburbs.

“So the preventative work undertaken by our public health team is vital if we’re going to continue tackling those inequalities."

Read the full media release


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