LGA responds to RSPH survey on greater support for investment in public health

The LGA responds to new polling for the Royal Society for Public Health, which shows greater support for investment in public health.

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Responding to new polling for the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) which shows 85 per cent of the public said there must be sufficient funding for public health workers and 83 per cent said there should be a greater focus on tackling the causes of poor health, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Public health services are crucial in helping to relieve the pressure on our health and care system but they face an uncertain future.

“As this survey rightly highlights, we need to invest more in the public health workforce and in preventing the causes of poor health, including through an uplift to councils’ public health grant and a wider review of the adequacy of public health funding.

“We need to move away from simply treating people for a health condition to tackling the root causes of the condition in the first place. Tackling social determinants includes improvements in housing, ensuring access to good education and employment, as well as creating a health-promoting environment.

“This will help to transform the health chances of people across our local communities, benefiting both our society and economy.”