Public Health England (PHE) has estimated that health problems associated with unhealthy lifestyle practices – such as poor diet, obesity, physical inactivity, drinking and smoking – cost the NHS in England approximately £11 billion per year.
A new approach to improving local health and wellbeing, adopted by Fleetwood in Lancashire, is discussed.
Hughes, D. (2016). Illnesses associated with lifestyle cost the NHS £11bn. London: BBC Health News, September 26th 2016.
This relates, in part, to a set of statistical “local health” maps and reporting tools:
Local health. [Online]: Public Health England, September 2016.
Type 2 Diabetes Care Could Bankrupt the NHS?
York Health Economics Consortium estimates the NHS spends 10% of its budget across the UK on diabetic care; this could rise to 17% by 2035 if rates of Type 2 diabetes grow as predicted.
Hughes, D. (2016). Diabetes: Tenth of adults at risk of disease by 2035. London: BBC Health News, October 24th 2016.
Healthy Towns / Cities
Spencer, M. (2016). The doctor who wants to make his town better. London: BBC Health News, September 26th 2016.
Manifesto for a Healthy and Health-Creating Society (Lancet)
Possibly of interest, the following article advocates transformation from illness-centred systems to person and health centred systems.
Full Text Link (Note: This article may require a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access).
Crisp, N. Stuckler, D. [and] Horton, R. [et al] (2016). Manifesto for a healthy and health-creating society. Lancet. October 6th 2016. [Epub ahead of print].