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Funding cuts could force hundreds of local pharmacies to close, cutting off a vital lifeline for elderly and vulnerable people and leaving some facing long journeys to collect essential medicines, councils warn today. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils – who have responsibility for public health – is warning a £170 million reduction in NHS funding for community pharmacies could put many out of business. In its response to the Department of Health’s consultation over proposals to instead use clinical pharmacists in primary care settings such as GP practices, the LGA insists local pharmacies must […]
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Fizzy drink companies should put child-friendly labels on the front of their products spelling out the sugar content in teaspoons, in a bid to beat tooth decay and child obesity. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils – with responsibility for public health – says many youngsters and parents are unaware of the high level of sugar in fizzy drinks. The call, which comes ahead of the Government’s forthcoming child obesity strategy, follows research that shows some energy and sports drinks have 20 teaspoons of sugar in a 500 ml can – more than three times the […]
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The Government should make it a requirement for pub, restaurant and cinema chains to spell out calorie content in food and drink, as part of its upcoming child obesity strategy. Chains with more than 20 outlets need to clearly display calorie counts on menus and at counters to give consumers more informed choice, according to the Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils. Councils, which have responsibility for public health, say that making people more aware of how many calories they are eating and drinking will help beat the nation’s obesity crisis. Some retailers have already introduced calorie counts, […]
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