Friday, 7 September 2018

GPs should prescribe gardening, dancing and cookery, Matt Hancock says

GPs should prescribe gardening, dancing and cookery, Matt Hancock says GPs should prescribe hobbies like ballroom dancing, gardening and art classes to millions of people, because it is often better than drugs, the health secretary says.

Matt Hancock called for an increase in “social prescribing” in a bid to “shift the balance” away from automatically prescribing drugs for many illnesses.

Speaking at an NHS conference in Manchester, he urged GPs to try to encourge patients to be more sociable and active, referring them to classes and groups, in a bid to reduce reliance on painkillers and antidepressants. The Daily Telegraph

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