Council bosses in York are planning to cut the Public Health budget next year by £33,000.
This will come as a surprise to those residents who, while recognising the good work done by the local authority health teams in recent weeks, had expected the pandemic to prompt increased investment in the service.
This would have been coupled with a “root and branch” review to ensure that the service was equipped to deal with contemporary health risks
£183,000 has, however, been allocated to cover an increase in the size of the population covered by the service.
The Council is budgeting £2.5million for COVID recovery work.
It would be a shame if this investment were to be undermined by further waves of infections whether they be COVID related or from other diseases.
The report says,
In the wake of the pandemic, the Council has stepped in where the Government has failed, including support for vulnerable residents and struggling businesses, and also with Covid-19 testing
The Council must make sure it is even better equipped in future to deal with emerging threats to the health of its residents