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CLDF concern at public health decision

CLDF has expressed concern at the Government announcement that public health budgets should remain under local authority control, following speculation that the NHS would take control of health visitor and school nurse services.

“As local authority budgets have been cut, health visitor numbers have fallen. Health visitors really are in the front line when it comes to identifying liver disease in newborn babies, so this is of real concern to us and we are worried about cases not being identified early enough,” says CLDF Chief Executive, Alison Taylor.

“If public health budgets are to remain under local authority control, we would want to see an end to public health cuts and for these vital services to be ring fenced.”

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