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Health charities call on UK prime minister to put prevention at top of agenda

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 06 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6642
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The UK must prioritise the prevention of ill health or it will fail to meet the World Health Organization’s target of reducing preventable deaths by a quarter by 2025, a group of leading health charities has warned.

A report by the group, What is Preventing Progress? calls for the prime minister to lead a national plan for health improvement and put prevention at the top of the health agenda.1 It calls for urgent action to tackle common risk factors such as smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, and inactivity to reduce the number of people affected …

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