Emma Reynolds, Labour Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East, has criticised cuts to the public health budget by the current Tory government. Emma raised the issue during Tuesday’s Health Questions in the House of Commons. The government cut the public health budget by £200 million, or roughly 7%, last year, and will cut the budget by a further 3.9% year-on-year up until 2020.

Emma said:

“The latest NHS five year Forward View states that ‘the future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health’. I asked the Minister how they would manage to achieve this vital upgrade while slashing public health budgets.”

“By reducing the public health budget at a time when lifestyle related diseases are putting ever greater burdens on the NHS, the Tories are putting children’s health, the health of my constituents, and the NHS at risk.”

“These cuts will affect my constituents in Wolverhampton. Reducing the public health budget at the same time that the Tory government are cutting local authority budgets more generally, could mean that Wolverhampton City Council provides fewer services to help people recover from drug and alcohol addiction, smoking cessation, sexual health services and helping to tackle worrying levels of obesity.”