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Public health spending: where prevention rhetoric meets reality

By July 30, 2019National News

From The King’s Fund Blog

The government has published its much-trailed Green Paper (now an ‘open consultation’) on prevention.

It contains warm words, some movement on existing issues such as childhood obesity – the prime one banning sales of energy drinks to children under 16 (on which the government has been consulting for some time) and setting out further intent – re-announced steps towards a smoke-free society and re-announcing the creation of a health index to rival GDP in government decision-making.

The inescapable impression, unfortunately, is of a Green Paper rushed out at the end of one administration while waiting for another. In particular, it offers little to local areas and none of the five things that we suggested would help local government.

To read the full blog go to the King’s Fund

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