Call for sexual health strategy

The Health and Social Care Committee’s report also warned that cuts to spending on sexual health were a false economy.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said a national health strategy is essential.

“Co-operation between services is absolutely critical for effective strategic planning. This is increasingly important as sexual health services are now reaching a tipping point amid record demand and the absence of adequate funding,” he said.

“Radical action is needed in the Government’s impending Prevention Green Paper, to truly help address access to contraception and tackle the growing threat of sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis and gonorrhoea.”

Cllr Hudspeth added: “Government reductions to councils’ public health budgets are short-sighted and need to be put on a more sustainable footing, otherwise they will undermine the objectives we all share to improve the nation’s public’s health and tackle inequalities. These cuts need to be reversed as part of the forthcoming Spending Review.

“We are happy to work with the committee and government on taking forward the many helpful recommendations in this report.”

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