LGA responds to NHS Providers 'The state of the NHS provider sector' report

“Adequate funding for public health services, which are provided by councils, is equally important. Public health plays a vital role in promoting and improving wellbeing, preventing ill health and reducing health inequalities."


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Responding to a NHS Providers report, which states a majority of trust leaders are concerned that not enough investment is being made in social care, public health and prevention, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Ian Hudspeth said:

“This report reinforces our call for long-term sustainable funding for vital council services, including adult social care, public health and prevention.

“The upcoming Queen’s Speech and next year’s Spending Review are opportunities to give councils greater powers and funding to help achieve this and relieve pressure on our overstretched health service.

“Extra funding for social care next year will help, but we also need government to publish its proposals for the future of adult social care as soon as possible, so that all those who use and work in this crucial sector have the support and certainty they need.

“Adequate funding for public health services, which are provided by councils, is equally important. Public health plays a vital role in promoting and improving wellbeing, preventing ill health and reducing health inequalities.

“There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care and public health system.”

Notes

  • As part of its #CouncilsCan campaign, the LGA has set out radical plans for how the Queen’s Speech on October 14 can be used by the Prime Minister to reignite the devolution process to ensure all parts of England reap the benefits of having greater powers and funding to improve services such as housing, transport, and health and social care.