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Prevention green paper doesn’t go far enough

23 July 2019

The British Psychological Society is pleased that the government’s long-awaited green paper on prevention has now been published, but does not believe that it goes far enough in tackling the social determinants of poor health.

Sarb Bajwa, Chief Executive of the BPS, says:

“It should be a national scandal that people from the most deprived areas of our country are likely to spend two decades more of their lives in poor health.

The publication of this green paper is a small step towards tackling that, but truly embracing prevention would allow us to be much more ambitious than just offering people five extra years of good health.

Closing the ‘prevention gap’ and achieving parity of esteem for people with mental health conditions are welcome goals, but they are unachievable without psychologically informed solutions to address them.

It’s also extremely concerning that the green paper was released so quietly, in a way which failed to highlight the difference that prevention can make to standards of care and health outcomes.

The new Prime Minister needs to see this paper as a starting point from which to take forward the prevention agenda to the benefit of us all.”


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