Public health budget cuts slammed

Figures released by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a £646,000 in year cut to the public health budget in Kingston. The budget pays to help improve people's health 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.

Lib Dem Opposition Spokesperson for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Tricia Bamford said,

"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.”

“Cutting the budget in the middle of the financial year means it will be really difficult to make these cuts. Lib Dems believe these are the wrong cuts, made in the wrong way and sadly they will end up costing the Government and the NHS more than is saved."

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