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Spending on public health cut as councils look to save money

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3401 (Published 13 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3401
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Council spending on public health services such as sexual health clinics and treatment of substance misuse will be slashed by £85m (€95.8m; $109.5m) this financial year, according to new analysis by the King’s Fund.1

The think tank’s research, based on Department of Communities and Local Government data, shows that central government cuts have forced councils to make hard choices, with public health particularly suffering. Councils in England are planning to spend £3.4bn on public health services in 2017-18, but that sum includes money transferred from the Department of Health when councils took on some children’s services.

Taking that extra money out …

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