Cutting funding to support healthy living would threaten to level up
Research has shown that funding for healthy lifestyle support, such as obesity clinics and smoking cessation, has been cut by a quarter in six years in England.
The Health Foundation said the councils received £ 3.3bn to run the services this year, down £ 1bn from 2015-16 when inflation was factored in.
He added that the reduction threatened the government’s upgrading program aimed at distributing opportunities and wealth more equitably.
However, the government said it was “absolutely committed” to politics, a spokesperson adding that the new Office for Improving Health and Disparities would play a crucial role in the upgrade.
Jo Bibby, Foundation for Health, said ministers had already recognized that leveling health was fundamental to leveling the economy, adding “A healthy and productive population will be essential to the future prosperity of the country.
“But the ongoing cuts to the public health subsidy work against this agenda and will ultimately serve to further reinforce health inequalities.”
The appeal was supported by the Association of Public Health Directors, which released a letter signed by more than 50 major health groups and charities.
Professor Jim McManus, Acting President of ADHD, said: “The public health grant has been cut, cut and cut again, undermining the leadership and services that are essential for improving health and reducing inequalities. “
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