Prevention green paper is “promising” but funding and workforce must be addressed

The Government has published its prevention green paper, Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, which outlines proposals to improve the population’s health in the coming decade, covering topics such as smoking, obesity, mental health, and sleep.

Responding to the green paper, Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, said:

“The prevention green paper includes a number of promising initiatives to improve the health of the nation and prevent avoidable ill health, reiterating and building on the prevention efforts in the Long Term Plan. We particularly welcome efforts to achieve parity of esteem for mental health and tackling social factors, such as poverty, debt worries, and poor housing, that are often associated with mental ill health. But without addressing key issues such as insufficient funding and staff shortages within the public health system, it remains to be seen whether this will make the UK a healthier country.

“Our members are enthusiastic about working more collaboratively with local authorities, for example through joint commissioning arrangements. For the prevention agenda to be truly successful, we must involve others from outside the health and care sector to tackle the social, economic and environmental factors which impact on people’s health and create inequalities.

“On behalf of our members we will be responding to the green paper in full and look forward to sharing examples of CCGs’ work with the Department of Health and Social Care.”

The consultation on the proposals is open until 14 October 2019.

23 July 2019