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Should the Government Consider a U-turn? The public health field is never short of controversies. On 22nd October 2015, Public Health England (PHE) published a report on Sugar Reduction: The Evidence for Action. The report recommends inter alia, an introduction of a sugar tax of between 10% and 20% on high sugar products such as soft drinks (PHE, 2015b). This has sparked endless debates within the academic and public domains. The vociferous debate sustains when subsequently, the government guarantees that there will be no tax imposition on sugary products, whilst insisting that there are other workable alternatives for tackling health issues, […]
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The boost to NHS funding is at the expense of preventative healthcare Two recent announcements could potentially shape the development of the UK health sector. On 4 November, the Department of Health announced 6.2 per cent cuts in public health funding for local authorities, which primarily delivers the health improvement and prevention programmes at the local level. It can be argued that the announcement was anticipated, given the magnitude of fiscal austerity. Less anticipated, however, was the Spending Review announcement that came 3 weeks later that there will be a £10bn increase in NHS spending in England. Hailed as the largest […]
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