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smoking1December 2 2015

Concerns have been raised over the failure to back public health services, following the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

While public health grants to local authorities will be ring-fenced for two years, there will be year on year cuts as local authorities then take over responsibility raising revenue from local business rates.

Pharmacy Voice, the body representing pharmacy owner organisations, said it is “extremely concerned about the proposed cuts to public health. This would reduce access to services such as stop smoking, alcohol, and weight management - services which are essential if we are to improve disease-prevention and population health outcomes.

“Fundamentally, without investing in prevention we are simply storing up greater costs to impact on the health system further down the line. If the Government genuinely supports the Five Year Forward View, cuts to public health services would contradict this; the document was very clear on the urgency of radically upgrading prevention in public health.”

The Proprietary Association for Great Britain (PAGB), the trade association for OTC medicines manufacturers, said the cuts “could further damage access to vital services to help people reduce and stop smoking.” It warned that access to these services has already declined by 48% in the last three years and is calling for the Government to recognise the valuable contribution of stop smoking services and develop a new tobacco control plan for England.

“The use of Stop Smoking Services is already declining at an alarming rate,” said John Smith, PAGB Chief Executive. “Although smoking prevalence overall is decreasing, trends suggest this may plateau and there are considerable inequalities in rates of smoking so we must ensure that smokers continue to have access to the most effective interventions to support their quit attempt: licensed smoking cessation medicines such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) delivered in conjunction with behavioural support through stop smoking services.”

The Royal Society for Public Health has pointed out that the NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, had said public health is one of the five key points needed to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View.

RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer commented: “By giving to the NHS frontline with one hand, while taking away from public health measures with the other, the government is securing the short term stability of the health service while selling its long term sustainability down the river.

“With acute care at the top of the pile, struggling primary care in the middle, and public health relegated to the bottom, health funding is travelling in the wrong direction. The NHS Five Year View has clearly recognised the institution’s survival is dependent on curbing spiralling demand with a radical upgrade in prevention and public health, yet the government is still failing to enable this.

“We also know that the most deprived areas suffer from the greatest public health problems, and local authorities in these areas need the most support to address them. And yet, these authorities stand to recoup the least. If the proposed new funding arrangement for public health is implemented, we may end up with a perverse situation where those who need the most are given the least.”

Links:

Pharmacy Voice statement

PAGB statement

RSPH statement

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