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Dec 09 2015

Harrow Council to Slash Public Health Spending by 60%

harrow_council_brokenSpotted in Nursing Times today:

A north London council has laid out proposals to cut public health services including health visiting, drug and alcohol, and sexual health over the next three years by up to 60%. The biggest reductions by Harrow Council are proposed for 2018-19, when local authorities could see the ring fence around their annual public health grant – which they receive from the government – removed.

Council papers show plans to review its entire £3.2m budget for health visiting services from 2018-19, and a 60% cut to drug and alcohol services has also been put forward – reducing the budget from £2.48m in 2015-16 to £980,000 in 2018-19.

The plans also reveal some savings could be made earlier, with sexual health services facing a 15% cut in 2017-18. In the same year, a 93% reduction to its £0.3m smoking cessation services has been put forward.

Overall, the local authority has proposed cutting its public health budget by almost 60% from around £10.7m in 2015-16 to £5.9m by 2018-19.

You can read the full story here.

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