NICE guidelines urge local authorities to “spend to save” on public health

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 27 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5878
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published new guidelines on how local councils can simultaneously improve people’s health while also saving money, a move which it calls a “win-win” situation.1

The briefing paper sets out ways that local authorities can judge the health and economic gains that they can achieve if they “place greater focus on prevention rather than cure.”

Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, said, “Action to prevent ill-health improves and saves lives. In this cash-strapped economic climate, the bottom line is that these public …

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