Vapouround magazine ISSUE 21 - Page 15

In a statement, the NHS said: “The scheme comes alongside action on obesity and diabetes as part of a renewed focus on prevention that will benefit patients and make the NHS fit for the future, by curbing demands on the health service.” Announcing the long-term plan which overall aims to boost public health and the NHS purse, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: “Alcohol and tobacco addiction remain two of the biggest causes of ill health and early death, and the right support can save lives. “The NHS long term plan delivers a sea-change in care for a range of major conditions like cancer, mental ill health and heart disease, as well as stepping up to do more on preventing ill health in the first place by giving patients the support they need to take greater control of their own health and stay fitter longer.” Commenting on the long-term plan, the Royal College of Physicians president Professor Andrew Goddard said: “We welcome the Long Term Plan’s commitment to offer help to quit for every smoker admitted to hospital, as recommended in our 2018 report Hiding in Plain Sight. Helping people give up smoking is a cost-effective means of both improving health and reducing demand on NHS services in the future. Every contact a health professional has with a patient is an opportunity to help the patient give up smoking – having a system in place to treat tobacco dependency with allocated funding will help make it happen.” Meanwhile, Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH UK) said: “From cancer to cardio-vascular and respiratory disease, dementia to diabetes, and maternity to mental health, stopping smoking improves patients’ life expectancy and quality of life and reduces pressure on our overburdened NHS. So we’re delighted the NHS long-term plan includes provision of support to stop smoking for pregnant women, people with mental health conditions and all patients admitted to hospital. We look forward to publication of the detailed plans, and the timetable for implementation.” Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England said making an investment in the future of public health is “the smartest thing the NHS can do.” He added: “Tobacco kills 1500 people a week so helping people to quit when admitted to hospital helps them, their families and the taxpayer. And it is equally smart for hospitals to have new expertise focused on supporting the most alcohol dependent people. Both measures announced today will save thousands of lives and help the NHS remain sustainable into future years.” VM21 | 15