Green Paper for prevention is welcome but must be backed by real action

05 November 2018

 

Responding to the health and care secretary’s vision for prevention, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, said:

“We welcome the vision set out by the health and care secretary to make prevention a central pillar of the long-term plan for the NHS, and the promise of a Green Paper next year.

“Making prevention a key priority, supported by appropriate investment and leadership focus, is key to creating a long-term sustainable health and care system.

“We are particularly pleased that the secretary of state acknowledges the key role that community services and primary care must play in keeping people well for longer within their homes and their communities. People are living longer but often with multiple long-term conditions and more complex care needs. So now is the time to ensure that community services are prioritised and given the national level focus that they need.

Now is the time to ensure that community services are prioritised and given the national level focus that they need.

Chris Hopson    Chief Executive

“We must also recognise that local government also has a vital role to play. This announcement represents an opportunity to address and reverse the damage that cuts to both health and local government budgets have caused to prevention services. We have to back this commitment with real action and properly fund and staff these important services.

This announcement represents an opportunity to address and reverse the damage that cuts to both health and local government budgets have caused to prevention services.

Chris Hopson    

“This ambition is welcome. But if it’s to be more than yet another in a long series of  rhetorical commitments to the prevention agenda, we must be mindful that it will take time to fully realise this shift towards a prevention-based health and care system, and it must be balanced against other competing priorities - all of which the NHS is being asked to deliver within the long-term plan and funding settlement.”

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