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Royal College of Nursing warns: Health cuts will hit the poorest hardest

PUBLISHED: 09:58 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 09:58 12 August 2015

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Bromley and Bexley losing millions from health budgets

The Royal College of Nursing has warned that plans to cut millions of pounds from healthcare budgets in Bromley and Bexley will hit the poorest hardest.

Chancellor George Osborne announced in June that £200 million would be cut from local authorities’ public health budgets. Bromley is to lose £921,000 while Bexley is to lose £576,000.

The UK Faculty of Public Health has said that services affected by the cutbacks could include school nursing, suicide prevention, domestic violence prevention, help with drug and alcohol abuse, sexual health, weight loss support, stop-smoking support and mental health services, including befriending for older people.

The Royal College of Nursing’s London regional director, Bernell Bussue, said: “The Government keeps telling us they want to put prevention at the heart of healthcare, but with another £40 million cut from London’s public health budget they are storing up problems for the future.

“Already in London we are seeing school nursing posts lost and other preventative health schemes squeezed out. These cuts will make health inequalities worse and disproportionately hit harder-to-reach communities in inner city boroughs.

“It is no good claiming to protect the NHS budget but then making huge cuts to local authority services which are there to keep people well and out of hospital. The health service will in the long term end up paying for these savings many times over.”

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