RCP response to the government’s green paper on prevention

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has issued its response to the government’s green paper on prevention titled Advancing our health: prevention on the 2020s.

The consultation which has now closed, sort views on proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England, covering policy areas such as smoking and obesity.

Summary of RCP response

  • The government must take a leading role in society helping the population to live healthier lives, and that all government policies have both direct and indirect influences on the health of the population
  • To achieve a truly preventative approach to health, there must be a cross-government focus on improving the environment and social conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age
  • The government must bring forward a white paper which truly understands the link between poverty and ill-health. Only a considered, integrated and fully resourced approach will begin to tackle significant and growing health inequalities
  • The RCP urges the government to create a cross-government strategy, led by the Treasury or Cabinet Office, to hold departments to account and ensure prevention and action to reduce health inequalities is built into all departmental policies
  • The RCP also urges the government to ensure that public health and prevention are fully resourced to deliver an ambitious resourced strategy.

When the consultation was first published in July, the RCP also published a statement outlining our initial thoughts on the government’s proposals.

To read more about our policy position please visit our public health page.