Latest surge in diabetes shows need to reinvest VAT on sugary drinks and fast food

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LGA-Care Industry News (300 x 185)Responding to latest Health and Social Care Information Centre statistics showing a significant increase in diabetes prescriptions, Cllr Jonathan McShane of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“The sheer numbers of people with diabetes shows the very real need to help more of the population improve their diets and lead healthy lifestyles. Diabetes has a significant personal cost to those afflicted and a huge financial cost to the NHS, the adult social care system and the economy.

 

“This is why the LGA is calling for whichever political party makes up the next government to reinvest a small percentage of the VAT received by the Treasury from the sale of sugary foods and drinks into locally-run activity and weight management programmes. This extra money would be a massive boost in the battle to combat obesity and diabetes and has the potential to improve lives and save the public purse many billions of pounds.”

 

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