The LGA response to concerns raised by GPs on the front line about public health are another timely reminder of the short sight failure to invest in preventative services.  

Does any one really think that packed GPs surgeries, overflowing hospitals with massive financial deficits, is unrelated to a alack of investment in preventative services such as social care and public health?   Does it really make sense to focus virtually all public sector healthcare monies on treating symptoms rather than on prevention?  

The most galling thing is that most people accept that the Government does not have a bottomless pit of money, but why invest in it all at the end of an episode in people's lives when it is always more expensive.  It certainly meets Einstein's definition of insanity - knowing something doesn't work but repeating it anyway.