In response to the World Health Organisation ‘Healthy, prosperous lives for all’ published Thursday, 12th September, Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales said:

“Over 50% of the Welsh Government budget is allocated to health spending, with an emphasis on acute services rather than preventative approaches yet we still have some of the worst health and care statistics in. Europe 

 “The report on health equity published by WHO today highlights the fact that determinants such as employment opportunities and stability and living conditions contribute far greater to health outcomes that access to and quality of health care. 

 “These findings also supports the approach we are working towards in Wales in seeking to shift  to long-term holistic approaches across the NHS, building on the vision set out in Welsh Government’s A Healthier Wales.”