Mark Shepperd's response to the Comprehensive Spending Review

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Mark Shepperd, Managing Director of Public Health at Turning Point said:

'Despite increased funding for the NHS it is still to be confirmed how local public health services will fare in the years ahead. Public Health is an essential component of preventing longer term, more costly issues developing and cutting the budget, even while safeguarding the NHS, will be counter productive.

'Health, social care and public health are part of the same system - investing in one to the detriment of the others will have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable people in our society. Across Turning Point and other organisations we are seeing frontline NHS, social care and public health services being cut by up to 30% - this is simply unsustainable for the sector when people are living longer with more complex needs.'

'Our hope is that the NHS is able to support local authorities and use some of their funding to support public health interventions, including substance misuse services, that have longer term benefits for our communities.'