Wirral to pledge £20m to health services

WIRRAL Council is pledging more than £20million to commission health services to help residents improve and protect their health. The services, which include drug and alcohol, smoking cessation and weight management services, are aimed at helping the council reduce health inequalities and lifestyle related ill-health in the borough. The money will also pay for services to ensure that comprehensive plans are in place across the authority, NHS and other agencies, to respond to infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies. Welcoming the continued support for preventative health services, Cllr Chris Jones, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “This will ensure we can continue to deliver major, ongoing improvements to residents’ health in the coming 12 months. “Giving every Wirral resident the support, opportunity and encouragement they need to lead healthier lives is incredibly important, and one of our key pledges for 2020.” The investment plan will be reviewed in full by Wirral’s Cabinet on July 17 and includes: Drug and alcohol services                             £7,332,674 Smoking cessation                                        £697,878 Sexual health                                                £2,939, 729 Children (0-19)                                              £6,909,800 Weight management                                     £200,000 Health checks                                               £306,029 Mental health                                                £40,000 Misc                                                              £1,614,027 Infection control                                            £223,578 Total                                                               £20,263,715