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Bridging The Gap
Seven days in medicine: 27 December 2017 to 2 January 2018.
  Saturday 06 January, 2018
Seven days in medicine: 27 December 2017 to 2 January 2018.

Further government cuts to public health grants to local councils in England over the next two years have been condemned as “shortsighted” and “extremely counterproductive” by the Local Government Association. Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said that the move would undermine efforts to improve the public’s health and to reduce pressure on NHS and adult social care. “Further reductions to the public health budget reinforces the view that central government sees prevention services as nice to do but ultimately non-essential,” Seccombe added.

Plans by the Scottish government to introduce a 50p minimum price for a unit of alcohol on 1 May 2018 will increase the cost of alcohol bought in supermarkets and off-licensed premises by at least 35% on average and will raise the prices of 70% of alcoholic drinks bought in Scotland, a briefing paper from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has concluded. Heavy drinkers, who tend to choose cheaper larger and cider, would be hardest hit. For example, the price of a 20 can pack of Strongbow 440 ml would double.

Sugary drinks could be banned from sale on NHS premises in England in July 2018 if trusts fail to take voluntary action by March, NHS England has said. So far, 141 of 232 trusts have signed up to reducing sales of sugary drinks such as milkshakes, fizzy drinks, and syrup sweetened hot drinks. But trusts that are yet to take …



source:http://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.j5931

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