Cutting the public health budget will cost the NHS

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NHS chief executive Simon Stevens gave an engrossing, detailed and challenging speech to the NHS Confederation’s annual conference.

He wanted to ensure the public knew in the election how much money the NHS needed as a minimum. Well, it worked.

The new Conservative government committed to finding the £8 billion he said was needed annually by 2020.

However, in the spending cuts announced by the chancellor last week the Department of Health did not entirely escape the knife, losing £200 million from its budget from 'non-NHS' sources.

It turns out this source will be local government public health spending.

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