Responding to the NHS long term plan, Cllr Isobel Darby, DCN Member Lead for Quality of Life, said:
“We are pleased that prevention is a core part of the NHS long term plan which remains crucial to reducing the burden on acute care. However, in order to successfully deliver this agenda, the key role of district councils must be better recognised and funded.
“As the housing, planning and growth authorities for over half the country, district councils already play a crucial role in improving people’s health and wellbeing. Our preventative role is key to delivering long term sustainability by significantly reducing the demands and costs on adult social care and the NHS.
“Districts currently receive no direct funding for public health, yet every £1 we spend can save up to £70 to wider sector partners. To make the best use of the extra NHS funding, it is vital that this is invested in prevention by using local knowledge to build healthy spaces and target funding on early intervention. With the proper resources, district councils, operating at a truly local level, can do even more to help the NHS by supporting healthy and happy lives in our communities.”
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