Fears of future strain on NHS as councils slash health programmes

08 July 2018 – Guardian

Anti-drug and stop-smoking programmes are to be cut despite May’s promise of £20bn extra on health.

This means that hospitals will bear the brunt of “incredibly shortsighted” cuts to public health initiatives which could in turn, lead to more people having a heart attack or getting cancer, according to experts.

New research shows that by next year, spending per head in England on programmes to tackle smoking, poor diet and alcohol abuse will have fallen by 23.5% over five years.

Key services, including those to help people quit smoking, manage their sexual health or stay off drugs, are among those being subjected to the deepest cuts, according to analysis by the Health Foundation thinktank.


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