Prevention ambition cannot be achieved without significant investment

Yesterday the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, unveiled the government’s vision that would put prevention at the heart of the NHS. Responding to the announcement, Dr Barbara Rushton, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners, said:

Barbara Rushton“Reducing preventable illness is critical to an NHS that is sustainable and effective in the long-term. The Secretary of State’s focus on prevention and early intervention as outlined in the prevention vision, launched yesterday, is therefore the right one, and is something that will not be new to our members who have been working on preventing illness among their patients and populations for many years.

“We welcome in particular the ambition to extend healthy life expectancy by 5 years by 2035. However, this ambition cannot be achieved without significant investment. As our recent infographic showed, the £20.5bn NHS funding settlement leaves clinical commissioners with difficult decisions to make about how best to spend the limited NHS pound, so to use a significant slice of that for prevention, whilst still needing to fund established health need in parallel to the investment required to support this illness prevention approach, will only increase this challenge.”

 

6 November 2018