New Fears Over York Health Services

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By Kate Liptrot in The Press.

 

Serious concerns have been raised about the future of public health services in York after the council launched a review of provision.

While City of York Council has said public health services will be maintained, city MP Rachael Maskell has raised concerns it is seeking to withdraw certain commissioning for NHS health checks, stop-smoking services and long acting contraception services.

She said the Government announcement to cut £200m from the public health budget last year coupled with deep cuts to local authority budgets is now filtering through to cuts to vital health services in York and could result in widening health inequalities.

Ms Maskell said: “Nothing can be more important than supporting the health of people across our community. It is already worrying that York is below national averages on key health indicators, however these proposed cuts will widen health inequalities and result in worsening health outcomes for the people across the city.

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