Preventive Medicine

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th June 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Young of Old Scone Baroness Young of Old Scone Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve secondary prevention for people with long-term conditions.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The National Health Service has a wide range of secondary prevention services aimed at detecting diseases early and either halting or slowing their progression. This includes many long-term conditions.

The focus on prevention including secondary prevention has been strengthened with the publication of Prevention is Better than Cure, the Government’s vision document in November 2018 and the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan in January 2019.

Prevention is Better than Cure, focuses on both preventing disease and supporting patients to manage conditions most effectively where they have arisen. A copy is attached. The Long Term Plan includes several new actions to help people with long-term conditions, with a particular focus on the communities and groups of people most affected by these problems.

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