Magazine article Public Finance

Teather Calls for Bigger Health Role for Councils

Magazine article Public Finance

Teather Calls for Bigger Health Role for Councils

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Councils should take on a larger health role to overcome persistent inequalities, the LibDem local government spokeswoman told a fringe meeting at the conference.

Speaking at a debate on the role of local government in public health on September 21, organised by the Local Government Association, Sarah Teather said poor health was often related to poverty, inadequate housing and lack of education as well as to diet and exercise. She called for better co-ordination of services.

'Why not make councils responsible for commissioning health services?' she said. 'Then they can reap the rewards of joining up services at a local level.'

Teather also criticised the lack of democratic accountability in the NHS and said a link with councils would make the health service more responsive to local needs. 'Where do people go if they want to lobby for more GPs? …

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