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Health Improvement Programmes

Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will bring forward new measures to promote preventive medicine, health education and public health programmes in order to improve the general level of health.

In the foreword to my recent consultative document, "Patients First", which was concerned primarily with the Government's views and those of the Royal Commission on the NHS, about structure and management of the Service, I said that the Government would consider and reach judgment in due course on the many other proposals made by the Royal Commission. Those proposals included recommendations with regard to prevention and health education and allied matters. Action is already being taken in some of these respects and I am considering what further steps are desirable, given the paramount need to contain public expenditure.