The Wales Audit Office has warned that cuts to public spending could mean councils will struggle to deal with future outbreaks of E. coli food poisoning. They say environmental health services are reaching a ‘tipping point’ and councils would find outbreaks hard to manage. The report says there would be a ‘risk to the health and well-being of all those living and visiting Wales’.
Since 2011-12 Welsh councils have cut environmental health staff by 16.4%.
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