BMA draws up election manifesto wish list

The BMA has launched an election manifesto calling on the next government to safeguard NHS services, target drinking and obesity and tackle climate change.

BMA election manifesto calls on government to target drinking, obesity and climate change
BMA election manifesto calls on government to target drinking, obesity and climate change

It is urging the all political parties to adopt the proposals during the build up to the next general election, which must be held before 3 June.

The proposals include increases in alcohol duty, minimum price levels for alcohol and a ban on ‘happy hours' and a total ban on alcohol advertising.

It also wants to create a tobacco-free society by 2035 through a range of measures including increasing tax and ensuring smoking cessation services are adequately funded.

The government should also tackle the obesity crisis by introducing a consistent traffic-light food information system and a ban on advertising unhealthy foods.

Action must be taken to reduce climate change and its damaging effects on health, the document adds.

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