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NHS Confederation comments on detail of ring-fenced public health grants

Commenting on the details published recently concerning public health budgets, Jo Webber says it is encouraging to see the Government asserting its commitment to improving health outcomes.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."

Notes to Editors

The NHS Confederation represents all organisations that commission and provide NHS services. It is the only membership body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole of the NHS. We help the NHS to guarantee high standards of care for patients and best value for taxpayers by representing our members and working together with our health and social care partners.

We make sense of the whole health system, influence health policy and deliver industry-wide support functions for the NHS.

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DH Press Release - Ring fenced public health grants to local authorities 2013-14 and 2014-15 published

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