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​Council's drastic public health cuts will leave practices 'unable to cope'

Monday 11th February 2019

Severe cuts across the board to public health services proposed by a Midlands council will see practices inundated with patients, as they will be expected to cover work previously performed by sexual health and alcohol and drug dependency services.
 
The major cut backs by Walsall Council are thought to be some of the most drastic yet, by a single council. They stem from a reduction in central Government funding, which has forced the council to consult on reducing spending...

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