Councils in England say there has been a marked improvement in public health since they took over responsibility for delivering services nearly six years ago, despite budget cuts.Public Health Improving under Councils – BBC online
The Local Government Association points to a fall in the number of smokers, fewer teenage pregnancies and a decrease in the suicide rate.
But it warns progress could stop if there are further funding cuts.
It’s obvious really. Only at a local level can things be joined up and be flexible enough to make the best of the circumstances of place. But we could do a lot more, particularly in education and training. It’s time for Government to deliver its social care reform too so that we can be allowed to provide the promised cradle to grave joined up health and care we so badly need.