07 November 2018

Prevention is better than cure

Prevention is better than cure

This document sets out the Department for Health and Social Care’s vision for putting prevention at the heart of the nation's health. It aims to improve healthy life expectancy so that, by 2035, we are enjoying at least five extra years of healthy, independent life, whilst closing the gap between the richest and poorest.

Prevention is about helping people stay healthy, happy and independent for as long as possible. This means reducing the chances of problems from arising in the first place and, when they do, supporting people to manage them as effectively as possible. Prevention is as important at seventy years old as it is at age seven.

It is presented in three chapters:

  • Chapter one sets out why prevention matters, and the case for change.
  • Chapter two describes the Government's vision for preventing problems from arising in the first place.
  • Chapter three sets out the prevention vision for those already living with a health or social care need, and how they can live well for longer.

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