Deep cuts to public health budgets and the ubiquity of unhealthy lifestyles in Britain has created a “ticking time bomb” for the NHS, the British Medical Association (BMA) have warned.
Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:
“This Conservative government’s approach to public health has been nothing short of disastrous.
“They have slashed councils’ public health budgets and published a paltry childhood obesity strategy which lacked any concrete measures to tackle advertising of junk food to children.
“The government is inexcusably letting down our young people, harming their well-being and life chances.
“The Liberal Democrats will take action to tackle childhood obesity, including restricting the marketing of junk food to children, restricting TV advertising before the 9pm watershed and closing loopholes in the sugary drinks tax.”
David Lomax, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for N-E Derbyshire, added:
“The health of our children is, without doubt, one of the nation’s main priorities; and yet the Tories are treating it like an afterthought. It’s not acceptable.
“This is a short-sighted approach to save money today, and gambling with the health of our children and committing future generations to spiraling health costs.”