The King's Fund responds to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care's vision for prevention

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Commenting on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s vision for prevention, David Buck, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, said:

'The Secretary of State’s emphasis on preventing ill health and the promise of a Green Paper are welcome. There have been many promises about championing prevention which have not been acted on. This time it must be different and it must be complemented by a renewed drive to tackle inequalities in health.
 
'We know from the long-term push on smoking and the more recent soft drinks levy that bold government action using taxation and regulation can make a big difference. Politicians may balk at the idea of the 'nanny state', but research shows that these types of government interventions enjoy more public support than they often assume.'

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