Nurses call for public health cuts to be dropped

PUBLISHED: 17:08 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:08 26 October 2015

Nursing  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Nursing (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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The proposed cuts could cost the NHS £1billion

Cuts to local health budgets have been challenged by the Royal College of Nurses (RCN).

The RCN is calling for chancellor George Osbourne to drop the proposed cuts from the Comprehensive Spending Review next month.

In the summer the chancellor announced £200million would be taken from local authorities in January 2016.

London makes up a fifth of the cuts, with £40million being taken from local authorities.

The propsed cuts to Bexley currently total £576,000.

The RCN has signed a letter along with the Academy of Royal Colleges asking for the cuts to be dropped.

RCN London regional director, Bernell Bussue said: “It is no good for the government to say they are protecting the budget for the NHS but then to make huge cuts to council-run health services which are there to keep people well and out of hospital. London’s NHS will end up paying for these savings many times over.”

The cuts could potentially leave the NHS with £1billion in costs.

A range of services could be affected by the cutbacks, including child health services, suicide prevention and domestic violence prevention, sexual health, stop smoking services and wider mental health provisions.

Mr Bussue continued: “These plans will disproportionately hit poorer communities in harder to reach areas and will make health inequalities in the capital worse.

“If the Government really wants to put prevention at the heart of health care then the chancellor should think again and withdraw these damaging proposals when he announces the spending review in November.”

The Comprehensive Spending Review takes place on November 25.

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