Interview: Scottish Labour's shadow health secretary, Jenny Marra
CommonSpace reporter David Thomson catches up with Jenny Marra MSP at the Scottish Labour spring conference
SCOTTISH LABOUR shadow health secretary Jenny Marra spoke of the importance of "an ambitious public health strategy" during an interview with CommonSpace at the Scottish Labour spring conference.
According to Marra, action in Scotland is needed to increase GP recruitment under a "creaking NHS". More work is also required to tackle alcohol, sugar and fat consumption, she said.
.@Scotgov "no plans for sugar tax" despite expert advice on obesity
Obesity-tackling tax recommended but ministers stick to voluntary measures for industry
A SUGAR TAX recommended by Food Standards Scotland and backed by medical bodies has been rejected by the Scottish Government.
Scotland's soaring obesity rate - one of the highest in the world - could be tackled with a new levy on sugar content, experts have said. However the minister for Public Health has said the government has "no plans" to look at such a tax.
Tax Irn Bru to tackle obesity, doctors say
A report says that obesity costs the Scottish economy up to PS4.6bn a year
IRN BRU and other sugary drinks should face taxes in order to tackle what doctors call an "obesity epidemic".
Liverpool University chair of clinical epidemiology Professor Simon Capewell said that a tax on sugary drinks should be a "central component" of efforts to challenge obesity and health care costs.
He said that the Scottish Government has an "excellent track record" of leading the way on public health issues and could do so on this too.
Bella Caledonia: Obesity and the constitution
Jack Ferguson on corporate food, benefits, class and the constitution.
WELFARE reform has been one of the greatest successes of the current UK government. To those who have been the victims of their policies, this may seem counter-intuitive. But the fact is that their suffering was always the aim.
Commissioned Paper: Health and Inequality
As part of the launch of Common Weal policy unit, we will be encouraging people to commission papers on a range of topics. Whilst these papers are not Common Weal policy, they are designed to instigate dialogue and act as a foundation for which policy can stem from.