Speaking in the debate on Chapter 2 of the Childhood Obesity Strategy in the House of Commons this week, David Tredinnick MP highlighted the work of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council in this important area of public wellbeing.
Bosworth’s Member of Parliament also mentioned the Borough Council’s Prevention Strategy which covers an array of health and wellbeing issues for the benefit of the area’s population.
David Tredinnick said, “Through working in partnership with other local authorities and health bodies, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is enacting a comprehensive strategy to keep local people safe and well, living independently and enjoying life.
“As the Health and Social Care Minister stated in reply to my question, prevention is always better than cure and the Borough Council is doing lots of good work to ensure this is increasingly the case in Hinckley and Bosworth.”
House of Commons: Childhood Obesity Strategy - Chapter 2
Is my hon. Friend aware that Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council is already leading in Leicestershire in the areas of prevention strategy and tackling obesity? Chapter 2 will be widely welcomed. Has he considered talking to supermarkets about healthy shopping strategies?
Steve Brine (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health & Social Care)
I cannot say that I have considered that personally, but I know about lots of the technology solutions that supermarkets are bringing in. I am not surprised to hear the news about my hon. Friend’s local council, and yes, this is absolutely about prevention. Last week, the Prime Minister announced a record investment of new money in the NHS, alongside our new long-term plan, of £20.5 billion a year, but that must go hand in hand with prevention. Investment and prevention are always better than cure.