latest health care news

11.01.13

Local public health services see £5.4bn ring-fenced

Funding for local public health services is to be ring-fenced for two years, the Department of Health has announced.

From April 2013, local authorities will take over responsibility for £5.45bn to help drive local efforts to improve health and wellbeing. The funding is specifically targeted at areas with the worst health outcomes.

In 2013/14, local authorities will receive just under £2.7bn, and in 2014/15 the amount will be £2.8bn. Every local authority will receive a real terms increase in funding, and the ring-fenced investment means they will afford them a clearer long-term understanding of future funding.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Too many people die too early from diseases that can be prevented. I want more people to be able to look forward to an independent and active old age and developing high quality public health services is essential to make this a reality.

“By putting local authorities in charge of public health, we are giving them the power, freedom and the funding to tackle the issues that blight their local areas and help improve the lives of their local communities. Improving the health of local people will be at the heart of everything they do – from social care to transport, housing, planning and environment.”

Chief executive designate of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, said: “We welcome this investment and look forward to working alongside local government as they take on their new leadership responsibilities for health and wellbeing.”

Jo Webber, interim director of policy at the NHS Confederation said: “From April 2013 local authorities will play an even more crucial role in improving the health of their communities.

“It is really encouraging to see the Government asserting its commitment to improving health outcomes by providing an increase in the overall public health budget. This increased funding will help secure vital investment in improving people's health, allowing people to change unhealthy lifestyle choices, and help raise awareness about preventing ill health. As the NHS comes under increasing pressure to manage more demand while having to create significant savings, prevention is key.

“Having their budgets set for the next two years will enable local authorities to work with local NHS commissioners through health and wellbeing boards to develop a more robust plan about how best to improve the health of local populations.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@nationalhealthexecutive.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us throu more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News

comment

NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

23/09/2019NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental ... more >
Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >

interviews

Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

24/10/2019Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

Today, speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

Investing in people to reap the full benefits of data in the NHS

03/08/2020Investing in people to reap the full benefits of data in the NHS

Adam Mayer, Senior Manager, Qlik Data has the power to drastically improve patient care delivery within our healthcare services. From managing key operational issues... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >