Rob Webster, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation said:

“There is an unprecedented consensus that we can only address the problems facing the NHS if we invest in the future of our nation’s health by helping people to stay well. Open any report from any director of public health in any part of the country and you can see health inequalities and poor health putting pressure on NHS services and blighting people’s lives.

“From our 2015 challenge to the Five Year Forward View, there is agreement that public health has a vital role to play, alongside care in people’s homes, in hospitals, and in the community. Investment in public health is critical for achieving a sustainable NHS and for addressing inequalities across society.

“We need the upcoming spending review to protect public health budgets, reflecting the Government’s commitment to transform and improve the way care is delivered to patients.”