Government must prioritise funding for the most deprived areas first

24 February 2020 – NHS Confederation

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation has responded to the report ‘Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On’, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:

There is a clear signal here – the Government must boost spending on public health and, in next month’s Budget, prioritise funding for the most deprived areas first.

“It is not enough for the Government to state that austerity is over. Failing to invest in preventative care will just pile pressure on A&E departments, GPs and other front-line services and the evidence that services such as sexual health clinics and smoking cessation work is overwhelming.

“During the last ten years local government, which has held public health responsibilities, has become increasingly cash strapped.

“New integrated care systems offer a real opportunity for health and local government alongside primary care networks to work together on this agenda as they will hold responsibilities for population health and ensure that health services benefit people equally.

“With proper funding for both health and care, this is a real opportunity to provide new types of service based on what is best for their local communities.”

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