Newcastle Lib Dems slam Conservative government cuts to public health


LIB DEMS SLAM PUBLIC HEALTH BUDGET CUTS IN OUR AREA

Figures released by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a further £620,000 cut to the public health budget in Newcastle. The budget pays to help improve people's health – and stop them getting ill in the first place - so there is less pressure on the NHS.

Work undertaken by public health budgets include encouraging people to exercise more, give up smoking, drink less, come off drugs and drink and avoid sexually transmitted diseases.

"This cut will mean that local residents are less likely to make good decisions on their health, and when they do need help it is less likely to be there for them, says Lib Dem Councillor for Dene Ward Dr Wendy Taylor, who works as a specialist cancer doctor in North East hospitals.

"Liberal Democrats say these are the wrong cuts, made in the wrong way and they will end up costing the Government and the NHS more than is saved."

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Note to editors: The Government proposals can be found at:
http://qna.files.parliament.uk/qna-attachments/448836%5Coriginal%5CPublic%20Health%20Allocations%20in%20England%20for%202016%20and%202017.pdf. This follows on from cuts made by the incoming Conservative Government last summer.


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