Public Health Cuts Update
From the Labour Hampshire County Councillor Team
We wrote to Hampshire members earlier in the year asking for support to help campaign against proposed cuts totalling £6.8 million to Public Health in Hampshire. These proposed cuts were significant and included:
• Reducing Substance and Alcohol Misuse Services
• Reducing Stop-smoking services
• Cutting Sexual health services
• Cutting Health Visiting to mums and new-borns
• Cutting School nurses to pupils over 11
Full details can be found here. We are really pleased to report that the overwhelming majority of these cuts will NOT now go ahead. Whilst some small savings totally £236,000 will still be aimed for by finding a cheaper venue for the Winchester substance mis-use centre, reducing duplicated sexually health testing services and withdrawing unsupported prescriptions for smoking cessation treatments.
As part of Hampshire Labour’s campaign your Hampshire Councillors liaised with the professional bodies for School Nursing and Health visitors, challenged Tory Councillors, took part in council working parties and spoke with local unions.
We also had help from some Hampshire CLPs publicising the cuts and asked members to join in the online consultation and write to Tory Councillors. It was the sheer weight of this public opinion that played a big part in stopping these cuts. So THANK YOU for helping us with this campaign.
It just goes to show that we can achieve great things when we work together even when we look “out numbered”.
In the New Year there will be more consultation on cuts including cuts to homelessness grants. We will update you during January and let you know how you can participate in the consultation.
With Very Best Wishes
Cllr Alex Crawford, Cllr Kim Taylor and Cllr Jacky Tustain