PCTs underspend by £95 million on public health

PCTs used £95 million earmarked to tackle obesity, sexual health and alcohol abuse to pay off deficits, according to research by the Association of Directors of Public Health.

Just £46 million of £141 million allocated for public health in 2006/7 was spent there.
PCTs in London and the East of England were the worst offenders with less than 10 per cent of funding actually committed to intended projects. Largest sums went unspent in London (£18.7 million) and Yorkshire and the Humber (£13 million) (see table below).

Dr Tim Crayford, president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, said: ‘The government should make sure this is ring fenced so that it is used for its intended purpose.’

The body forecasts that more than 70 per cent of funds earmarked for public health in 2007/8 will not be spent there.


2006/7 public health underspend by strategic health authority
North West £10.9 million
North East £8 million
Yorkshire and the Humber £13 million
East Midlands £4.5 million
West Midlands £12.5 million
East of England £8 million
South West £7.5 million
South Central: £3.2 million
South East Coast £5.7 million
London £18.7 million
Source: Association of Directors of Public Health

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