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Prevention better than cure, health secretary will say

People are being encouraged to take more responsibility for managing their own health, as part of the government's NHS strategy focusing on prevention.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Monday a green paper entitled 'Prevention is better than cure', outlining the vision for a "new 21st century focus on prevention".The plans argue for a shift towards primary and community care services, to look at the early support they can offer people in preventing bad health taking hold.

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Mr Hancock said in a speech at the International Association of National Public Health Institutes: "Prevention is also about ensuring people take greater responsibility for managing their own health."It's about people choosing to look after themselves better, staying active and stopping smoking. Making better choices by limiting alcohol, sugar, salt and fat."But focusing on the responsibilities of patients isn't about penalising people. It's about helping them make better choices, giving them the all the support we can, because we know taking the tough decisions is never easy."
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Mr Hancock added the "numbers don't stack up" when it comes to spending on prevention as opposed to treatment."In the UK, we are spending €97bn of public money on treating disease and only €8bn preventing it across the UK," he said."You don't have to be an economist to see those numbers don't stack up."
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