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March 17, 2020
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ADPH responds to announcement of Public Health Grant allocation 2020-21

Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, President, Association of Directors of Public Health, said:

"It is welcome that the Government has taken a positive step forward after year upon year of deep cuts to local public health. We now have the certainty the ADPH has been calling for since December and Directors of Public Health can focus on the nation's number one priority: ensuring the best possible response to coronavirus.

"The reality on the ground is that these allocations will not reverse the staff and services lost overnight, whether that be in relation to early years interventions, sexual health services, drug and alcohol treatment or capacity to prepare for outbreaks like coronavirus. Directors of Public Health will continue to face tough decisions. What is needed, through the upcoming Spending Review, is a significant, multi-year settlement for public health - just like the NHS. 

"There is a growing consensus from commissioners, providers, charities and professional bodies that long-term investment in local public health is essential to reduce pressure on the NHS, narrow inequalities, improve wellbeing, drive productivity and maintain a resilient health protection system."

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