The coalition government's new programme for government includes its plans for the NHS and public health.
On public health, the Cameron-Clegg adminstration 'believes that we need action to promote public health, and encourage behaviour change to help people live healthier lives. We need an ambitious strategy to prevent ill-health which harnesses innovative techniques to help people take responsibility for their own health.' They say they will:
MHF parliamentary officer Colin Penning said: 'this confirms the long-stated Conservative proposals for public health with a focus on outcomes and the Liberal Democrats’ local decision making with an emphasis on prevention.
'Whilst there few details, there is much here for us to welcome and to offer assistance with, including their investigation into ways of improving access to preventative healthcare for those in disadvantaged areas.'
On the NHS, the government 'believes that the NHS is an important expression of our national values. We are committed to an NHS that is free at the point of use and available to everyone based on need, not the ability to pay. We want to free NHS staff from political micromanagement, increase democratic participation in the NHS and make the NHS more accountable to the patients that it serves. That way we will drive up standards, support professional responsibility, deliver better value for money and create a healthier nation.'
Specifically they will:
Commenting on the programme, MHF CEO Peter Baker said: 'MHF is looking to the new government for an early indication of its commitment to address the poor state of men's health throughout its health policies. The government, laudably, wants to improve access to talking therapies - this must include reaching out to men who have so far been under-using these services. A new strategy to improve access to preventative healthcare in disadvantaged areas must also engage with men since it is men in these communities who have the worst health outcomes.'
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