GPs struggling with public health gaps

Full story at PulseToday 2 May 2018

The Government squeeze on the public health budget has been brutal, and it is already hitting GP practices hard.

GPs are having to take on extra prescribing, manage sexually transmitted infections and tell patients they must self-care when they would previously have been referred to specialist services.

Councils have little choice. The public health grant for England has been cut by almost 10% (£531m) from 2015/16 to 2019/20, in addition to reductions in other funding schemes that feed into public health programmes.