Press Statement: Response to Matt Hancock’s prevention vision


In response to today’s announcement from Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock on the “Prevention is Better than Cure” vision, Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s chief executive, said:

“We are delighted to hear that the government is finally beginning to place prevention at the heart of its health priorities. For a long time treatments and cures have been the focus for our health services, yet we know that evidence-based preventative interventions work, and help to drive down the number of people who visit our hospitals and A&E departments in the first place.

“We are calling on Mr Hancock to ensure that accident prevention is also included as part of this new vision. Home and leisure accidents are on the rise, with fatalities – particularly falls and accidental poisoning – in both environments contributing to an overall rise in deaths from accidents in England in 2013-2016. Hospital admissions are also increasing, with a rise in the number of falls being the most significant contributory factor.

“For example, there are around 255,000 falls-related emergency hospital admissions in England per year among people aged over 65 – nearly 700 every day – with the cost of hip fractures estimated at around £2billion. Yet we know that these falls can be prevented in the first place, and doing so ensures an extended active life, retention of independence for longer, and would help to combat loneliness in older people.”

Last month RoSPA launched “Safe and active at all ages”, its national accident prevention strategy for England, which sets priorities for action on falls and other forms of accidents, across the life course and for all ages. See for details.

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