Are public health cuts to blame for the UK’s pandemic response?

Under-funding has been blamed for some of the UK’s problems in responding to the coronavirus –  particularly over the provision of PPE.

But Public Health England’s budget for ‘protection from infectious diseases’ rose from £52 million in 2014/15 to £86.9 million in 2018/19.

In a new briefing for the Institute of Economic Affairs, author Christopher Snowdon questions PHE’s overall spending, saying “the amount of money spent on tenuous, policy-driven research alone is staggering. Public health academics were recently given £400,000 to study the drinking habits of football fans.”

Christopher will take part in a LIVE IEA WEBINAR, tonight at 6pmJoin the debate here or on YouTube.

Or read his report: False Economies: Myths about public health spending

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