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The ongoing public health reforms are part of a long term strategy designed to produce substantial savings for the national health service in the future.
We provided some figures to demonstrate the potential savings that would arise from the reforms in “Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England”. We stated that:
"Changing adult behaviours could also reduce premature death, illness and costs to society, avoiding a substantial proportion of cancers, vascular dementias and over 30% of circulatory diseases; saving the NHS the £2.7 billion cost of alcohol abuse; and saving society the £13.9 billion a year spent on tackling drug-fuelled crime."
Through investing in public health and spending effectively on prevention, we aim to release efficiency savings which can then be used elsewhere in the NHS.