Spending on sexual health services has fallen (is this why a new strain of gonorrhoea is running out of control?) [Image: Visuals Unlimited.]

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This Independent article tries to take the blame off Theresa May by suggesting she hasn’t been paying attention to cuts in public health budgets.

This is nonsense. She knows exactly what is going on.

She just doesn’t care, as long as money isn’t being spent on working or poor people.

£85 million this year is perfectly acceptable to her.

How much do you think she wants to cut next year?

Theresa May has been accused of taking her “eye off the ball” over public health as it was revealed budgets for a range of services including sexual health and help to stop smoking face new cuts of £85m.

Local authorities in England are being forced to spend more than 5 per cent less this year on public health initiatives than in 2013-14, according to a new analysis from the King’s Fund.

David Buck, the health think tank’s senior fellow in policy, used data from local governments and the Department of Communities to calculate that planned spending on sexual health services has fallen by £64m, or 10 per cent, over the past four years.

The scale of the cuts revealed by the research would be “devastating for the health of the nation”, according to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which said it had “grave concerns” about the findings.

(Source: Theresa May to oversee £85m in cuts to public health budgets this year, analysis reveals)

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