Report calls for bold action to prevent early deathsBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3172 (Published 07 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3172
- Jacqui Wise
A new report has forecast that 250 000 people in the United Kingdom will die from preventable conditions by 2025 unless major action is taken.1
The report, by a coalition of UK health and social care charities, identifies 12 interventions that could reduce deaths and disability caused by long term illnesses such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and dementia. The interventions target smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, and physical inactivity.
The World Health Organisation has set a target for a 25% reduction in the numbers of early …