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Response to Health Secretary’s speech on prevention

Press Response 05/11/2018

Prevention plans welcome but budget cuts must be reversed

Commenting on the Health Secretary's announcements  about public health, Helen Donovan, Professional Lead for Public Health at the Royal College of Nursing, said:

“We welcome the fact that the Health Secretary is making prevention a priority, and clearly recognises that a focus on public health will keep people healthier for longer and save the NHS money and resources in the long run.

“But Matt Hancock must realise his plans will start at a disadvantage as local authorities struggle with planned cuts to public health budgets of almost four per cent per year until 2021. While it’s clear he sees that prevention isn’t an optional extra, we need to see properly funded, accountable services delivered by a fully staffed nursing workforce backed by adequate resources. Disadvantaged areas emerge worse off without these vital services with life expectancy and the poorest bear the brunt of underinvestment in public health.”

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