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Prevention is better than cure—but what next? The Bennett Prospect Prize 2019

Which public health intervention do you think should be introduced to address the health inequalities that currently blight Britain?

By Theresa Marteau  

A ward at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Photo: PA

Prevention is better than cure. For example, about 75 per cent of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented if the causes were effectively addressed. Done equitably, this would go some way towards reducing the eight-year gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor, and the 19-year gap in years lived in good health. The fiscal case for prevention is also strong given that, to use the same example, Type 2 diabetes accounts for around £1 in £11…

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