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It is clear that the success of the vaccination programme has allowed us to live with COVID-19. But the threat of new variants still remains a concern, particularly for those who are more vulnerable in our communities.
Making more digital health checks available is a useful tool to detect certain illnesses but it should be treated as an addition to not a replacement of a physical health check
The value of the Healthy Start voucher scheme for families should be increased to keep pace with the rising cost of food.
It is positive that the Government has acted on calls from the LGA to fund increases in pay for hard working NHS staff working in council commissioned community services.
No-one is immune to the power of the sun and we know that there is growing evidence to suggest that extreme heat has an adverse effect on our health.
These new statistics continue to show that local council-commissioned sexual health services are at risk of breaking point, with rising demand coming at the same time as real terms cuts to funding
This stark evidence shows a concerning increase in harmful alcohol dependency across the country since the pandemic.
To tackle this issue and ensure vaping is kept out of reach of children, vapes should be sold in plain packaging and be out-of-sight behind the counter
Local health chiefs are warning that the increase in costs of essential food items and energy has created a ‘second health emergency’ after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Significant challenges remain for public health services
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