Sunderland’s health budget cut by almost £1.5million

Public health budgets pay for drug and alcohol services among other things.
Public health budgets pay for drug and alcohol services among other things.
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Sunderland City Council is facing cuts of almost £1.5million to its health budget.

Figures released by the Royal College of Nursing, reveal that the Government is cutting £14.75million from the region’s local authority health budgets in January 2016. Sunderland will suffer cuts of £1,475,000.

Plans for Sunderland’s next public health budget will be made in due course and when details of final settlements are known from Government.

Coun John Kelly

Chancellor George Osborne announced in June that £200m across England would be cut this year from the former NHS budget.

The North East and Cumbria have historically had higher public health funding in recognition of its greater health inequalities, but the Government’s proposal for a blanket 6.2% reduction means that the region is likely to be disproportionately disadvantaged.

The money is used to fund things like alcohol and drug services, sexual health services and school nursing.

Royal College of Nursing Northern region spokesman, Jake Turnbull, said: “By imposing these cuts on local government, Westminster is once again showing its complete disregard for the needs of the North, and our most vulnerable citizens.”

Coun John Kelly, who is responsible for public health, said: “Plans for Sunderland’s next public health budget will be made in due course and when details of final settlements are known from Government.

“As we can see with the comments from the Royal College of Nursing, these are challenging times across the whole health sector.”