William Eichler 05 November 2018

Whitehall plans to tackle bad health need ‘long-term investment’, charity says

Whitehall plans to tackle bad health need ‘long-term investment’, charity says image

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said the Government is committed to supporting local councils in improving health locally through ‘innovation, communication and community outreach.’

Mr Hancock is this week launching the Department of Health and Social Care’s new Prevention vision, which will focus on preventing illness rather than simply treating it.

In a blog post for Public Health England, Mr Hancock wrote his new vision prioritises investment in primary and community healthcare and emphasises the importance of supporting councils to take the lead in improving health locally.

The health secretary stressed the new vision, set out in Prevention is better than cure, takes a holistic approach to health. It would look, he wrote, at coordinating transport, housing, education, the workplace and the environment in a ‘grand enterprise’ to improve the nation’s health.

The Government is also committed to using artificial intelligence (AI), genomics and other technologies to transform the way we diagnose and treat chronic diseases, he added.

An estimated £97bn of public money is spent on treating diseases across the UK and only £8bn is spent on preventing them. This was an ‘imbalance in urgent need of correction,’ Mr Hancock said.

Local authorities have seen a £700m real terms reduction in public health funding between 2014/15 and 2019/20. The charity Health Foundation estimates over £3bn a year is needed to reverse the impact of Whitehall cuts to public health services.

The additional £20.5bn a year by the end of 2023-24 for the NHS will go towards supporting health and social care services, Mr Hancock said.

Jo Bibby, director of health at the Health Foundation, welcomed Mr Hancock’s intervention but stressed that long-term funding was a necessity.

‘This vision rightly identifies local authorities as playing a vital role in leading local health improvement,’ said Dr Bibby.

‘Their ability to deliver on this role, however, has been jeopardised by substantial cuts to local services and investments over the past decade of austerity.’

‘Clearly, if this ambitious prevention vision is to become a reality then it will need to be matched with long-term investment,’ she added.

Social care reform: what lies ahead? image

Social care reform: what lies ahead?

Sally Warren lays out four principles that should be at the centre of a ‘radically realistic’ White Paper on social care reform and asks if its vision will be the right one?
A bold local route to better mental health image

A bold local route to better mental health

Local Living Well sites put people with complex mental health needs in control of their support and encourages them to set their own recovery goals. The programme is proud of its success, says Tally Daphu.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Commissioning Support Officer - MH & LD

Camden London Borough Council
£30,893 - £35,488
This role will primarily focus on supporting the commissioning team to develop and monitor mental health and learning disability services, as... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Travel Options Manager

Camden London Borough Council
£37,638 - £43,659 per annum
The role will work closely with internal and external stakeholders in developing Travel Options, policies, and procedures with... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Forensic Senior Social Worker

Suffolk County Council
£33,782 - £39,759 per annum *plus £2,772 per annum AMHP Honorarium
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the joint Suffolk County Council (SCC) and Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) as... Suffolk
Recuriter: Suffolk County Council

Adult Senior Social Worker (Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism)

Suffolk County Council
£33,782 - £39,759 pro rata
Do you want to join a thriving, enthusiastic and creative service? Suffolk
Recuriter: Suffolk County Council

Adult Social Worker (Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism)

Suffolk County Council
£30,451 - £33,782 pro rata
 We are looking to recruit social workers, who have a strong commitment to supporting their local communities and... Suffolk
Recuriter: Suffolk County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue