It is “inevitable” that local authorities and the NHS will pool their public health budgets to get better value for money – and better outcomes for patients. That was the verdict of the Lancashire County Council cabinet member who made just such an offer to the health service in the region earlier this summer – but it is still waiting for it to be taken up. WATCH >>> Major changes to health weight, smoking and rehab services in LancashireCounty Coun Shaun Turner, the member for health and wellbeing, admitted that his proposal was “never going to be simple”, but that it was the “direction of travel” across the whole country.“There is a lot of discussion [at the moment] about sharing risks and rewards – that’s where the benefits of spending by one organisation can be felt by another,” County Coun Turner explained.“For instance, a county council spend might have a positive outcome for the NHS. … [Read more...] about Public health plan still on track, councillor claims
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A council ban on swearing in the Salford Quays has been ditched after discussions with residents and workers, reports the Manchester Evening News. A new Public Space Protection Order has been issued to tackle anti-social behaviour but the part about fines for swearing has been removed. The ban had been in place for over three years but never resulted in anyone being issued a fine, so what exactly was the point in it? The Claim There has been much rejoicing over the end of the swearing ban. Mark Thomas, a comedian who protested against the swearing ban, celebrated the end of it with an expletive. He argued that the swearing ban was "ridiculous" and should never have been imposed in the first place. Considering nobody was ever fined in more than three years of the ban being in place it's hard to disagree. It has been this journalist's own experience that many people continued to swear on the Quays despite the council's threat of on the spot fines of up to £1,000. Nobody seemed to … [Read more...] about Is there any point to public swearing bans?
Smoking is recognised as one of the most unhealthy things a person can do, particularly as it raises the risk of all kinds of cancers and other diseases. Depictions of smoking on TV have been criticised, with Netflix saying they would be working to "reduce smoking imagery" in their programmes in all cases save for historical inaccuracy. A succession of bans and restrictions has sought to cut down on smoking in the UK and these measures have helped bring down the number of smokers, but it's not quite enough for the government. The Claim The Daily Mirror reports that leaked documents show the government wants to completely wipe out smoking by 2030, seeking to "finish the job" started many years ago. An upcoming "Green Paper" will introduce new incentives for people to quit smoking, including leaflets inside every pack of cigarettes that provide help and support for people wanting to quit. Other measures include levies on tobacco companies to help pay for the the public health … [Read more...] about Will there be no more smokers in the UK by 2030?
A Harrogate business has bounced back from a devastating fire in the town centre that has forced some shops to close altogether, though others emphasise they are still open for business. Due to the severe damage caused to the fire-hit building on Beulah Street - the site of Deli Blanca - a significant cordon has remained in place in the interests of public health and safety. When the dramatic blaze ripped through the Deli Blanca premises on Station Parade on Friday June 21st, closing the neighbouring VPZ store whilst the fire and rescue services secure the building and carry-out investigations. But the business is set to open a new store in Harrogate – just two weeks after the incident. When the dramatic blaze ripped through the Deli Blanca premises on Station Parade on Friday, June 21, closing the neighbouring VPZ store whilst the fire and rescue services secure the building and carry-out investigations. However, the UK’s leading vaping retailer has now moved quickly to … [Read more...] about Harrogate shop reopens after blaze in town centre
First-time mothers who consume their five-a-day of fruits and vegetables are more likely to exercise during pregnancy, according to a new study.The UCC researchers spoke to 2,000 mothers at 15 weeks of gestation and also found that older mothers were more inclined to exercise than younger ones. International guidelines recommend 30 minutes or more of daily, moderate physical activity during pregnancy. This helps prevent complications, limit weight gain, and decrease the risk of gestational diabetes.Exercising in pregnancy could strengthen the baby’s lungs and nervous system.Six out of 10 expectant women were of normal weight, 28% were overweight, and 12% were obese.The research found that Irish women aged between 30 and 34 years were more likely to exercise vigorously, compared to women under 25 years of age.Non-smokers were more likely to be in the high physical activity bracket.The researchers added: “Women who consumed the recommended five servings of fruit and … [Read more...] about Healthy eaters more likely to exercise in pregnancy