Affecting Sexual Health, Smoking, Alcohol Abuse
A Freedom of Information investigation by GP magazine Pulse has found that nine in 10 councils have cut their public health budgets for 2018/19.
This follows major cuts from central government, which has reduced the public health grant for England by almost 10% (£531m) over a 4 year period – from 2015/16 to 2019/20.
A range of services are affected as councils seek to reduce their spend.
In London, doctors have noticed the impact on weight management surgery and smoking cessation; while sexual health services have been switched to an online testing model.
Private GPs London
The Smart Clinics in London offer private healthcare services for weight loss and confidential sexual health services. Patients looking for support to stop smoking can visit the private GPs or therapists including acupuncturists.
The company was founded in 2013 and is an independent and doctor-managed company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare at the heart of the business.
The company is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee.
In addition to doctors, The Smart Clinics works with an extensive group of healthcare professionals from dentists and osteopaths to dermatologists, helping their patients to take control of their healthcare issues and access early treatment and assistance.