Patients must "take greater responsibility for managing their own health"

Patients must

"We need to see a radical shift in how the NHS sees itself, from a hospital service for the ill to a nationwide service to keep us healthy, and where those who work on the frontline of the NHS - including Global Positioning System that are at its bedrock - feel confident to remind people of their responsibilities too".

The plans argue for a shift towards primary and community care services, to look at the early support they can offer people in preventing bad health taking hold.

"Prevention is about ensuring people take greater responsibility for managing their own health".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has issued a call for the NHS to place a greater emphasis on disease prevention to try to boost the national life expectancy by five years.

"It's about helping them make better choices, giving them all the support we can, because we know taking the tough decisions is never easy", he will tell the annual meeting of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes.

At present, some £97 billion is spent on treating disease but only £8 billion on prevention.

Moreover, while the government has been trumpeting the £20.5bn as "the single largest cash injection for the NHS ever", it is important to note that "excluded central funds for public health, making the percentage seem larger and suggesting that public health was not a priority", said Dickson. "You don't have to be an economist to see those numbers don't stack up", he said.

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He also defended government plans to stockpile medicines, appearing to blame Brussels for the contingency.

"Employers have a responsibility to help improve the health of their staff and the health of the nation", he said.

The document also talks of adopting new approaches like predictive prevention which uses digital technology to provide precise and targeted health advice to individuals.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says that employers need to do more to "check in on" sick workers.

This has prompted Helen Donovan, from the Royal College of Nursing, to warn promises needed to be backed up with serious investments at a local level, while Labour's Jonathan Ashworth says while the plans were "laudable", "unless ministers reverse these cuts and start fully funding public health services, these announcements will be dismissed as a litany of hollow promises".

Commenting on the document, Sandra Gidley, Chair of RPS England Board, said the vision "need to be matched by appropriate investment" by the government, particularly in the backdrop of "continued pressure on local authority budgets and cuts to public health services".

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