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NHS prevention plan aims to boost life expectancy


People in England are being told to cut back on alcohol, sugar, salt and fat in a bid to boost the nation's life expectancy by five years.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is setting out his long-term vision for the NHS on Monday - and it will focus on preventing illness.

He says that 10 times more money is spent on treating disease than prevention - which "doesn't stack up".

The plan also recommends that bosses should do more to keep staff healthy.

Mr Hancock told BBC Radio 4's Today programme there needed to be a shift in culture and in the way resources are balanced.

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