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Plans for a fast food 'exclusion zone' around schools in Milton Keynes

The plans could prevent fast food restaurants operating near schools Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to introduce a fast food restaurant "exclusion zone" around schools in Milton Keynes will be put to the public, after councillors agreed to push forward with the idea.

The exclusion zone would mean fast food restaurants could no longer open new premises within 400 metres of primary and secondary schools in Milton Keynes.

"We want to do all we can to encourage young people eat healthily. Research shows that where hot food takeaways are situated very close to school, young people will use them regularly. This approach, which could mean stopping new hot food takeaway premises opening very close to schools, is just one action that the Council is considering to support healthy eating locally."

– Milton Keynes Council

Colour-a-thon completed for eye health awareness effort

Vinnie's 9-year-old sister Amber and her friends have completed a Colour-a-thon Credit: Family Photo

The family of a boy from Ipswich who died from an undiagnosed eye condition have been raising awareness.

Vinnie's 9-year-old sister Amber and her friends have completed a Colour-a-thon - colouring in a big picture of Paris, without stopping. Vinnie's uncle will be cycling from London to Paris in July to raise money for the charity Shine.

8-year-old Vinnie Barker Credit: Family photo

8-year-old Vinnie Barker died from a build up fluid to the brain in 2012 - five months after an optometrist failed to spot signs of a life-threatening condition during a routine eye test.

Locum optometrist Honey Rose was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence. In a landmark case, she was handed a two year suspended sentence.


Queen Elizabeth Hospital names new Chief Executive

Jon Green will start in May. Credit: Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Jon Green will officially join the Trust in May, where he'll take over from Dorothy Hosein who resigned last October.

Mr Green currently works at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

I am excited by the opportunity to help QEH at such an important stage in its recovery and to lead the organisation as it strives to deliver high quality healthcare.

I am really looking forward to bringing some of my experiences from elsewhere and working with all staff to develop an organisation that we and our community can be proud of.

– Jon Green
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