This is good news

First published in Letters by

I WRITE in response to the welcome news from the Department of Health that York is to receive a ten per cent increase in public health funding for 2013/2014 and a further ten per cent increase in 2014/2015.

I thought we might have heard a favourable comment from Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing and her Labour group on City of York Council – or nothing at all if they are such a bitter assembly of souls that they resent giving compliments when they are due. Instead she attacks this as “not enough”.

While we would all like to see an infinite figure to end health inequalities, these are major steps in the right direction and will target the areas of most need.

These substantial increases are way in excess of those allocated under the previous Labour Government, which had 13 years to address any perceived shortfalls.

This is positive action from the Government and the allocations awarded to York were on advice from an independent body.

Can we please have some dignified, honest politics from the Labour group in future?

Coun Paul Doughty, Conservative, Strensall ward, City of York Council.

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3:04pm Thu 17 Jan 13

perplexed says...

While I am sure we all welcome the recent increase in public health funding, Coun Doughty's letter is a cheap political stunt which unsurprisingly does not tell the whole story.


For the first time ever some of England’s richest regions in the south and east will benefit more than their poorer northern counterparts from the new way public health budgets have been calculated. Buckinghamshire CC for example was awarded the biggest increase - 95% more than last year’s draft allocation, receiving £15.7m instead of £8m.

The new system is not as closely associated with poverty as previous spending decisions, which means the planned increases are on average lower in the poorest parts of the country.


The real concern, however, is that these new responsibilities are moving to local government at the same time as major cuts to core local authority budgets. These cuts are highest in the most deprived areas. By 2014-15 the fifth of councils with the poorest populations will gain around £150 per head to carry out these new public health functions, whilst loosing around £200 per head in cuts to their core budgets.

I suggest Coun Doherty reads the letter circulated to councils by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week, which clearly acknowledges a number of areas are still facing funding gaps. Coun Doherty's tribal nonsense serves only demean the very difficult challenges councils will have to face regarding public health in the future.
While I am sure we all welcome the recent increase in public health funding, Coun Doughty's letter is a cheap political stunt which unsurprisingly does not tell the whole story. For the first time ever some of England’s richest regions in the south and east will benefit more than their poorer northern counterparts from the new way public health budgets have been calculated. Buckinghamshire CC for example was awarded the biggest increase - 95% more than last year’s draft allocation, receiving £15.7m instead of £8m. The new system is not as closely associated with poverty as previous spending decisions, which means the planned increases are on average lower in the poorest parts of the country. The real concern, however, is that these new responsibilities are moving to local government at the same time as major cuts to core local authority budgets. These cuts are highest in the most deprived areas. By 2014-15 the fifth of councils with the poorest populations will gain around £150 per head to carry out these new public health functions, whilst loosing around £200 per head in cuts to their core budgets. I suggest Coun Doherty reads the letter circulated to councils by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week, which clearly acknowledges a number of areas are still facing funding gaps. Coun Doherty's tribal nonsense serves only demean the very difficult challenges councils will have to face regarding public health in the future. perplexed
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9:53pm Thu 17 Jan 13

yorkshirelad says...

Make no mistake, The Conservatives are no friends of public health and no amount of spin from Tory Councillors can hide that.

While they look after their friends in the City of London and other corporate big business, they are deliberately creating havoc in the NHS.

First several years of a softening up campaign from their friends on the Daily Mail...denigrating the NHS at every opportunity. Though not perfect, it is envied around the world.

A massively bureaucratic and expensive NHS reorganisation.

Privatisation sneaked in the back door at every opportunity...does anyone remember 'We will privatise the NHS' in the Tory election manifesto?

Oh...and for good measure several members of the Tory Government allegedly have links to the big corporations now salivating at the thought of getting hold of bits of our NHS.

No the nasty party let rip with extremism on the NHS this time, privatising where even Thatcher dared not tread. People say they will pay for it electorally for a generation...but maybe we will too while the damage is repaired.

No spin required Coun. Doughty...the damage is done.
Make no mistake, The Conservatives are no friends of public health and no amount of spin from Tory Councillors can hide that. While they look after their friends in the City of London and other corporate big business, they are deliberately creating havoc in the NHS. First several years of a softening up campaign from their friends on the Daily Mail...denigrating the NHS at every opportunity. Though not perfect, it is envied around the world. A massively bureaucratic and expensive NHS reorganisation. Privatisation sneaked in the back door at every opportunity...does anyone remember 'We will privatise the NHS' in the Tory election manifesto? Oh...and for good measure several members of the Tory Government allegedly have links to the big corporations now salivating at the thought of getting hold of bits of our NHS. No the nasty party let rip with extremism on the NHS this time, privatising where even Thatcher dared not tread. People say they will pay for it electorally for a generation...but maybe we will too while the damage is repaired. No spin required Coun. Doughty...the damage is done. yorkshirelad
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