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.