Congratulations Barrie Margetts on delivering a great platform address, at Labour Party Conference 2018, speaking passionately on the ‘tackling inequalities debate’.
Posted by Joe Dukes on Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Wednesday 26th September, 2018
Professor Barrie Margetts, Southampton Test CLP, made a great intervention during the Debate on Tackling Inequalities on Wednesday morning.
Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary had stressed the risks of privatisation and the need to fully fund public services. He said “Our ambition is the healthiest children in the world so we’ll start tackling childhood obesity through ending junk food advertising on family TV and introducing universal free school meals.To support parents and babies we’ll recruit more Health Visitors and invest properly in perinatal mental health services too.”
Barrie welcomed the call for a fully funded Public Health Services and went further, calling for future Public Health Policy to have a clear plan for dealing with Conflicts of Interest and protecting policy setting from Private Sector influence. Far too much in the past the Private Sector has been allowed to influence policy not for the Public Good but for private profit. Barrie also highlighted that breastfeeding is one of the most effective interventions to reduce inequalities and we need to support it and stop the unethical practices the bottle feeding companies pursue. He ended by calling for food systems that provide affordable healthy food for everybody in a way that is produced ethically in a way that does not affect the environment.
I attended several side events on health, the digital age, international development and sustainable food systems – I’ll report on these when I get a moment.