LGA responds to additional funding for health research and technology

"Obesity, cancer and addictions are some of the biggest health challenges facing us as a country and so it is good to see additional investment in technology and research to help improve the health of our local communities."


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Commenting on the announcement of more funding for new technology and research to tackle issues such as obesity, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board said:

“Obesity, cancer and addictions are some of the biggest health challenges facing us as a country and so it is good to see additional investment in technology and research to help improve the health of our local communities.

“However, investment in improved technology is only one part of the solution to tackling these issues. It is also important that we still support those who are digitally excluded, who are already subject to greater health challenges.  

“Real change requires investment in preventing the causes of obesity, such as improving access to affordable healthy food particularly in deprived communities. 

“By investing in preventive strategies, particularly those programmes delivered by local councils in their communities, health issues can be more effectively tackled and pressure reduced on our overstretched health and care system.”