Selous Wants to Reduce Obesity, Get people to be more active

Local MP, Andrew Selous, took part in Integrated Care debate in Westminster Hall on 6th September 2018.

Mr Selous commented on his visit to Larwood centre in Worksop, which had impressed him.

He told the meeting, " I am absolutely convinced that integrated care providers will not succeed in providing the integrated care we want unless social care has been put on a proper and sustainable financial footing so that it really does work hand-in-glove with our NHS at every level, primary and secondary."

"Our constituents’ time is precious. It is not just Members of Parliament who are busy people; our constituents lead highly busy, demanding lives, juggling work, family and everything else. The more we can make it simpler to capture what they say once, the better for them and the better for hard-pressed NHS staff, and it has to lead to a better outcome."

"I very much welcome the Government’s commitment to amend the legislation where necessary, and where helpful to provide better-integrated care. That is a sensible and pragmatic step, which I would expect from the Prime Minister and the Government. It is very welcome."

"Unless we are absolutely passionate about dealing with childhood obesity—I am the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on obesity—and improving air quality levels in our inner cities, where children with asthma and other illnesses are deeply affected by breathing in poor air every day; unless we get more of our fellow countrymen and women walking and cycling; unless we do something about reducing the proliferation of takeaways, which sell highly calorific food; unless we do something about getting our supermarkets and big food producers to do better in producing healthier food, we will not succeed in this key area of prevention."

Mr Selous thought that conversations were happening about how to reduce obesity, but finished by saying, "we need to join up these different policy areas and produce results, because they are urgently needed."

The debate was chaired by Sarah Wollaston, MP,  Chair, Health and Social Care Committee, Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons)  1:30 pm, 6th September 2018 and was to consider the Seventh Report of the Health and Social Care Committee, Integrated care: organisations, partnerships and systems. Read in full 

You can watch the debate on Parliament TV.

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