Brief for Baroness Finlay On the Prevention of Ill health

Table of Contents

Overview on a major debate on prevention

1. Subject for debate

2. The case for the motion
OSCHR: The new direction of Medical Research (chart 2.1 spend on research)

3. Two related examples of the neglect of prevention (Chart 2.3 - % spend)

3.1 Low birthweight
3.2 Brain disorders and mental ill-health

4. Some specific topics for preventive research yielding savings and improving national health

  • Previous recommendations
  • Low birthweight
  • Obesity
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia
  • The cost of cancer
  • Mental ill-health
  • The Food system

5. The Counter Argument

6. Additional background comments

  • Skills are needed for stable employment
  • Numeracy and literacy

Figure 1. Numeracy and literacy skills To Eliminate Deprivation and Poverty - Start at the Beginning of Life

Figure 2. Babies born to parents in high-deprivation

7. Comment and conclusion

8. References