Not surprising, but disturbing nonetheless, is word that, under economic pressure, the federal and state governments are “cutting programs that help communities respond to disease outbreaks, natural disasters and bioterrorism incidents.”
USA Today cites this recession-abetted trend along with a warning that the cuts “could lead to a disaster for the nation’s disaster preparedness.” That’s in a report from the Trust for America’s Health, a non-partisan research group.
“Federal funds are down, 11 states have already cut public-health budgets, and more could follow as the economic crisis worsens,” USA Today reports.
We’ve already noted that spending on high-tech security products is likely to decline as the Obama Administration sorts through its own priorities. When it comes to public health and safety, though, security programs seem afflicted by more than a new President’s likely reshuffling. In the security sector, as elsewhere, the economic downturn is frightening indeed. (Details in the U.S.A. Today story and the health trust’s report.)