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The government has cut spending on vaccine promotion by almost three quarters this winter, official figures reveal.
Health Minister Maria Caulfield said the budget for advertising campaigns to promote Covid-19 and flu control, including posters, television ads and radio programs, will drop from £11.5m last year to just £300m in 2022-23. reduced to £10,000. .
This winter has seen a surge in hospitalizations due to flu and COVID-19, contributing to the dangerous pressures facing the NHS.
By Christmas time, 6,000 flu patients were being treated in hospitals, compared to almost zero last winter. The number of hospitalized Covid patients has peaked at nearly 10,000.
Vaccine coverage has declined this year after surging last winter. This year, flu vaccine doses fell by 1.1 million from his doses, and the population over 50 who received a booster vaccine for Covid-19 fell from his 3.5 million doses. The booster campaign will end soon, but older Britons will be offered another coronavirus jab in the fall.
Wes Streeting, Labor’s unsung secretary of health, said: The decision to dismantle the campaign that urged people to defend themselves and his NHS was wise but foolish and patients still pay the price.
“The next Labor government will rebuild, update and fit the NHS for the future. Annually, we will train an additional 7,500 doctors and 10,000 nurses and midwives and improve our non-resident tax status. Every child deserves a healthy start in life, so recruit 5,000 more Health Visitors to help them fight health and stay up to date on their jabs .”
A Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman said: In just two years in the UK he has had over 167 million injections and over 20 million people have already received flu shots.
“We are doing everything we can to support the NHS over the winter, including deploying around 34 million Covid and flu booster vaccines to millions to ease the pressure on our services. I would recommend anyone with it to step forward for the jab, it’s quick and easy and gives people the protection they need well into the winter and beyond.”