On the day briefing - The prevention green paper

The Department of Health and Social Care and the Cabinet Office have published Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, a green paper setting out the case for change in the way we approach prevention, identifying key drivers of ill health including deprivation, inequalities, health-related behaviours such as smoking and physical inactivity, and mental health difficulties. Health is shaped by the services we receive, the choices we make, the conditions in which we live and our genetics.

The green paper commits to an approach which takes health as an asset, and as a foundation of thriving communities and a strong economy. It commits to moving away from a culture in which we take for granted good health, only paying attention to it when we experience health problems that we expect the NHS to fix. The green paper is accompanied by a consultation inviting views on the proposals and further measures to support prevention, and will be open for submissions until 14 October 2019.  NHS Providers will canvass views from our membership and submit a response.

Some key points in the paper include:

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