Research has revealed that the poorest communities in England have suffered most of the £ 900 million cuts in public health spending, despite the high incidence of the disease.
Places with high levels of deprivation, such as Liverpool, Blackpool and Birmingham, have lost much of their budgets to prevent problems such as obesity and smoking from richer areas.
One pound for every £ 7 of £ 871.6 million taken from the Whitehall Public Health Scholarship for local councils in England over the past five years has been obtained from budgets in the country’s ten poorest regions.
In contrast, the top 10 richest places have lost public health funds – only £ 1 out of £ 46.
Overall, the most disadvantaged areas have lost £ 120 million, while the less disadvantaged regions have seen their budgets fall by only £ 20 million.
The results are contained in an analysis by the IPPR Expert Group on Government Spending Data, which analyzes what advice most of the 871.6 million cuts have been given since 2014.
He issued warnings that this trend would widen the differences that have already marked the life expectancy among people in rich and poor areas. People in the latter are already more likely to develop and die from deadly diseases such as cancer, lung disease, obesity, diabetes and liver disease.
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“These cuts have had a detrimental effect on the poorest,” said Chris Thomas, an IPPR researcher who conducted the analysis. “This means that the health and well-being of the most vulnerable people in our country have been endangered and putting unnecessary pressure on the NHS.”
The boards use a public health grant to encourage smokers to quit smoking, promote healthy lifestyles to fight obesity, and provide sexual health services and treatment for drug and drug addiction.
But they have had to reduce the amount and range of services they offer in recent years due to austerity cuts to Whitehall funding. This has led to a reduction in smoking cessation services, sexual health and the number of people treated as hospital patients for their addiction.
“The fundamental flaws in the way the government allocates funds to local public health authorities … exacerbate the effects of already damaging cuts and widen health inequalities by hitting the poorest,” said Dr. Peter English, chairman of the British Medical Association’s Public Health Committee. “.
Shirley Kramer, executive director of the Royal Society for Public Health, said the cuts were “short-sighted” and urged everyone who forms the next government to increase public health spending by £ 1 billion.
“Continuous cuts in public health and local government funding … limit access to vital services for the most vulnerable, which could lead to increased preventable diseases and, ultimately, exacerbate already unacceptable health inequalities,” he said. .
NHS England plans to invest over £ 1 billion by 2023 in efforts to strengthen disease prevention in poorer areas to reduce avoidable mortality as part of its long-term plan.