Campaigners have condemned the latest announcement that public health spending in England is to be cut.   The cuts will hit addiction support, sexual health, anti smoking campaigns and support for mental health.

On the last sitting day before Christmas, with no parliamentary debate, NHS England confirmed that money allocated to Local Authorities in the next financial year will be cut by £85m.

Speaking today, Beverley Labour’s George McManus said, ‘It’s outrageous.  The government are sneaking out further devastating cuts without parliamentary debate.  It’s the clearest evidence that what ministers say is not matched by what they do.’

He went on ‘We don’t yet know what will be the impact locally but the Local Government Association has condemned the cuts only a day after the Office of National Statistics announced that 597 homeless people have died in the last year.   The Health Secretary really is this year’s answer to Mr Scrooge.’

People marching in London to protest NHS cuts.
People marching in London to protest NHS cuts.
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