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Healthy lifestyle push scrapped

3rd August 2011

The National Support Team Network, a healthy lifestyle programme, has been stopped by the health service.

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It was set up five years ago to promote healthy living in deprived areas and address health problems such as obesity.

However GP magazine has revealed that the 10 network teams were scrapped in March this year.

Labour said the government was guilty of removing health funding from poorer areas.

The role of the National Support Team was to provide support to particularly deprived areas which needed help tackling lifestyle issues.

Data has shown that they achieved good results in helping with issues such as alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy and sexual health issues.

Dr Frank Atherton, president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, said: "There is a lot of disappointment they were disbanded. They were fantastic and it seems likely there will need to be something else to replace them."

"They were provided by the Department of Health for free to trusts and if we have to go to consultants like McKinsey or KPMG it will cost a lot more." 

The Department of Health said: "Tackling health inequalities is central to our plans for modernisation of the NHS - but we want the power to tackle health inequalities to lie where it should: at a local level, with medical professionals, public health professionals and patients." 

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Article Information

Title: Healthy lifestyle push scrapped
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 19320
Date Added: 3rd Aug 2011

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