Response to NHS long term plan to help problem drinkers and smokers

Responding to the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan to help problem drinkers and smokers, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:


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“Councils are tackling persistent problems as part of their public health responsibilities, including helping to prevent those with alcohol and tobacco dependency ending up in hospital and placing an extra burden on our already-strained NHS.

“However, to make the most of these new measures and support the NHS even more effectively, government needs to ensure that councils’ prevention work is adequately funded by reversing the £600 million in reductions to councils’ public health grant.

“Prevention is an essential part of the LGA’s green paper on adult social care and we look forward to working with government to help shape its own green paper on prevention and securing long term funding in the Spending Review to help use all of councils’ powers and functions to improve the public’s health.”