£200m cuts to public health: the situation is getting serious

The Treasury’s announcement of a £200m cut to “non-NHS” funding has raised alarm bells amongst professional organisations from the Faculty of Public Health and Association of Directors of Public Health to the Royal College of Midwives – and rightly so.

Here we go again – the need to identify financial savings has resulted in cuts with short-term benefits to the public purse but which will have a significant impact on health and therefore increase costs in the long-term.

The announcement is at complete odds with NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens’ vision of “a radical upgrade in prevention and public health” and for the NHS and partners to get serious about prevention, as he outlined in the Five Year Forward View…

Read more at Nuffield Trust.