“We need to prioritise prevention to ensure a sustainable NHS, to ensure that people can enjoy the best possible quality of life using our hospitals less often and later in life. We can do this through helping people spend more years in good health, and when unwell, to stay in their own homes for longer. And as people retire later, we need to extend their healthy working life.
40 per cent of all morbidity is preventable and 60 per cent of 60 year olds have at least one longer term condition. In 15 years we will have 1.3 million more people aged over 85, so prevention has to be at the heart of both the new NHS Ten Year Plan and the future work programme of its most critical partner, Local Government.”
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England