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Cuts to Child Health Visits in Scarborough Borough

Cuts to Child Health Visits in Scarborough Borough

Published by Jon Burke at 6:31am 18th February 2020.

The number of health visits for children under five is set to be cut in Scarborough, Filey and Whitby.

North Yorkshire County Council is to consult on plans to cut them from the current five, down to two, for an estimated 25 per cent of children.

The Healthy Child Programme will shrink as the authority looks to cut £4 million from its health budget over the next few years.

North Yorkshire County Council’s director of Health and Adult Services, Richard Webb, said:

“We are working with the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust to deliver the next stage of the Healthy Child Programme, which provides health visiting, support for children of school age and other prevention services to children and families. 

As we lead on public health service commissioning, we have been funding the programme and have been working with the Trust for a number of years to provide the service.  We are looking to continue that relationship for a longer term of up to 10 years.  

In particular, we must take account of the national changes in public health funding which will see a reduction across the board of around 15 per cent.  For us, here in North Yorkshire, that requires a reduction in our public health spending of up to £4m in the next few years. We will protect the Healthy Child Programme as much as possible and reductions to these services will be less than the overall cut to the Public Health Grant.

We will continue to deliver mandatory health checks for children under five years old and will continue to support new parents with a focus on those children and families most in need.  There will also be a focus on emotional resilience for young people.  Full proposals for the future of the service will rightly be subject to a public consultation.  We are committed to continue delivering a safe and effective service that protects children and young people and contributes to them growing up well.”

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Fileyman, on 18th February 2020 12:37pm
Simple answer to the robbers of NYCC.

There is a story running on this website about NYCC pay rises to councillors.

Don't accept the pay rise, that will help fund these visits..

But I bet they don't

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