Labour Demands Public Health Cuts are reversed

Posted: Sun, 02 Dec 2018 17:33

Labour Demands Public Health Cuts are reversed

Labour is today publishing new House of Commons Library analysis exposing devastating public health cuts per head under the Tories.

Between 2013/14 and 2016/17, budgets for stop smoking services & interventions have been slashed to just £2.09 per head- a 36% cut. Sexual health promotion, prevention and advice services have received a 29% cut per head- down to just £1.23.

Tory cuts are set to continue, with planned expenditure between 2017/18 and 2018/19 set to involve a further £22% cut to stop smoking services & interventions- leaving expenditure at just £1.92 per head in 2018/19.

Similarly, specialist drug & alcohol misuse services for children and young people are set to fall to a mere £3.37 this year-a 17% drop from 2017/18.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour's Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, will today challenge the Health Secretary to reserve cuts to public health, workforce and capital budgets- arguing that otherwise the NHS Long Term Plan cannot fully deliver for patients.

These cuts follow a string of damning evidence in recent months demonstrating the cruel impact of years of Tory cuts to health budgets:

  • Improvements in life expectancy have stalled, with the ONS saying the UK's slowdown is second only to the US among developed nations
  • Drug related deaths in England and Wales have hit an all-time high.
  • Rates of smoking among pregnant women have risen for the first time on record.
  • Obesity rates among year 6 children have hit a record high.

Earlier this year, Labour revealed that these devastating Tory health cuts are forcing 85% of councils to reduce their public health budgets this year.

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