Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:18 pm on 14th May 2019.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry Independent, Broxtowe 4:18 pm, 14th May 2019

As a former Minister for Public Health, I understand the huge remit of what we call public health. The Secretary of State is right that we should invest more in prevention, particularly with regard to certain diseases and conditions, but the real concern about the Government’s plan is that, while that is happening, all the other important services not in the “prevention is better than cure” envelope, such as sexual health and the treatment of alcohol and smoking, delivered at a local level, will be cut in real terms.