Consultation on Local Authority Public Health allocations for 2015/16
01 September 2015
The Association has welcomed the opportunity to comment on the Department of Health consultation on the reduction of local authority public health allocations for 2015/16.
As an Association, we have called on Government to reverse its decision to cut public health allocations. Since assuming responsibility for public health functions in 2013, councils in the North East have placed public health at the centre of their agendas, with initiatives aimed at addressing the factors that so often lead to ill health, which in turn help to release pressure on expensive primary and acute health services. The issue of health inequalities is a critical one for the North East. In February 2014, Public Health England commissioned an independent inquiry to examine health inequalities affecting the North of England. The report, ‘Due North’, found that the North of England has persistently suffered poorer health than the rest of England and that the gap has continued to widen over four decades, equating to 1.5 million excess premature deaths in the North since 1965 compared with the rest of the country.
Any reduction in the public health allocation is likely to damage our member authorities’ continuing efforts to redress these inequalities.
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