Should the NHS become more of a lifestyle coach to tackle unhealthy living?

Healthwatch, October 2018

Healthwatch poll of over 2000 UK adults about their confidence in the ability of services to meet their needs today and in 20-30 years’ time.  Positively, 61% of respondents are confident that NHS and social care services are currently able to meet their immediate needs. However, when we asked people if they are confident NHS and social care services will able to meet the needs they are likely to have in the future, only 30% agreed. Respondenst had confidence in the NHS and social care services in meeting the needs of their friends and family. 62% were confident that services could currently meet these needs, falling to 27% when we asked people agree if they were confident in the ability of services to meet the needs of their friends and family in 20-30 years time. The top five factors people think will have the biggest impact on the future health of the nation were:

  1. People’s diets
  2. The level of exercise in people’s daily lives
  3. Air pollution, global warming and climate change
  4. Social isolation and loneliness
  5. The financial outlook for the country

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