London Councils has welcomed the government’s vision for putting prevention at the heart of the nation’s health. In an announcement made today, the Health Secretary revealed that a Green Paper on prevention will be published in 2019.
Cllr Ray Puddifoot MBE, London Councils’ Executive Member for Health & Care, said:
“The Health Secretary is absolutely right to highlight the importance of preventative health care and we’re pleased to hear there will be a Green Paper on this crucial policy area.
“London boroughs deliver an array of frontline services that are integral to public health and the prevention agenda.
“Prioritising prevention can’t be done without boosting resources for these services. As today’s government report shows, spending on preventative health delivers excellent value for money – yet public health services aren’t getting the investment they need to relieve pressure on the NHS.
“We look forward to engaging with the government on these issues and working to ensure that the Green Paper puts us on the front foot when it comes to preventative health.”
Since public health responsibilities were transferred to local government in 2013, London boroughs have played a key role in boosting health and wellbeing. Highlights include the capital’s record in tobacco control, sexual health testing, and the award-winning Do It London campaign raising awareness of HIV prevention.