Shift to preventive healthcare 'requires growth in public health grant'

Leslie Hanson
November 7, 2018

"There are already nearly 10,000 community pharmacies registered as healthy living pharmacies in England". It shifts the focus to primary and community care services and the value they can bring in offering early support.

Mr Hancock also called on employers to play a greater role in improving the health of their staff, and in their rehabilitation when they fall sick.

To support primary care, Global Positioning System will work more closely "with other professionals, such as pharmacists", potentially "working together in the same building, or collaborating virtually, as a network", the DH outlined.

"A stronger focus on primary and community healthcare is the obvious solution and our GP teams are already doing great work in keeping patients well, in their local communities, thereby easing the pressures on other parts of the NHS".

Mr Hancock added the "numbers don't stack up" when it comes to spending on prevention as opposed to treatment.

The policy, "Prevention is better than cure", builds on the government's previous work in areas such as childhood obesity and social prescribing, and paves the way for a green paper in 2019, the government said. It's harder to avoid junk food and unhealthy lifestyles if...

"Unless ministers reverse these cuts and start fully funding public health services, these announcements will be dismissed as a litany of hollow promises", he said.

Helen Donovan, professional lead for public health at the Royal College of Nursing, said: "Matt Hancock must realise his plans will start at a disadvantage as local authorities struggle with planned cuts to public health budgets of nearly 4% per year until 2021."Disadvantaged areas emerge worse off without these vital services, with life expectancy and the poorest bearing the brunt of underinvestment in public health".

The health secretary Matt Hancock has called on people to make healthier lifestyle choices, such as reducing their consumption of alcohol, sugar, salt, fat and junk food, stopping smoking and staying active.

National Pharmacy Association chief executive Mark Lyonette pointed out: "Pharmacies are unusual in the health service in that they are present in greater numbers in the most deprived areas, therefore bucking the so-called inverse care law".

"But we have a responsibility to pay our taxes to fund it and to use the health service carefully, with consideration for others, and to comply with medical advice to look after ourselves".

"Preventable ill health and long-term conditions hugely impact on the population and often cost people their lives".

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