Sunday, 10 July 2011

Serious health issues looming if county fails to act - Heathcock

Leading Cambridgeshire Shadow Cabinet Member for Health, Geoff Heathcock, has warned the county is facing serious issues in the future if it fails to make health a top priority.

The warning comes as a newly-released county health profile reveals that more than 15,000 children are living in poverty.

The report shows that almost 21 per cent of residents across the county are obese and more than 18 per cent still smoke.

As local authorities across the county prepare to become more involved with public health through the government’s NHS reform, Liberal Democrat Councillor Heathcock has warned that more needs to be done to address the health inequalities, particularly for an ageing population.

“When public health becomes a major focus for the county council and its partners, the scandal of so many children in poverty in the 21st century has to be tackled and tackled robustly,” he said. “And the same is true for the number of people who are obese.

“We are storing up no small number of serious health consequences if these are not at the head of priorities.”