“Councils want to work with government on closing this gap by focusing on the social causes of ill-health, such as early years development, education and employment opportunities and improving services for older people."
Responding to a new report by Cancer Research UK about how England is not expected to become smokefree until 2037, seven years behind the Government’s target, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“Councils can help the Government to achieve its ambition of eliminating smoking in England by 2030, but need adequate long-term funding and certainty for their public health services to help do so.
“Smoking rates overall continue to fall, which is good news, but as this report highlights we need to keep reaching out to those most in
The cost of providing a breakthrough drug which could lead to the end of HIV nationwide needs to be fully funded before its roll out by councils across the country, or many will be at risk of being unable to afford to deliver it, the Local Government Association warns today.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will be made routinely available from April via local authorities’ public health services, following a successful impact trial. The daily medication is recommended for people at high risk and is considered a game-changer in the fight against HIV, by being highly effective in reducing the
"Councils want to encourage and help people to improve their sexual health, but with resources already stretched, there is a real risk of waiting times increasing and patient experience deteriorating."
The Government should publish its long-awaited vaccination strategy as soon as possible to help reverse a dramatic decline in take-up and protect young and vulnerable people from deadly infections, the Local Government Association says today.
“Smoking rates continue to fall, which is good news, but as this report highlights there needs to be greater help for those most in need of support, including routine and manual workers or people with mental health conditions."