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Health written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the ability of public health policy to reduce healthcare costs for the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

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."

A copy of the White Paper has previously been placed in the Library.

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.

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