A Devon MP has criticised the Government for urging GPs to extend their opening hours to reduce pressure on A & E departments.Read the full story ›
Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes and chairwoman of the Health Select Committee, said the Government's obesity plan had been "watered down".Read the full story ›
Dr. Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes who chairs the Health Select Committee in Parliament, has called on the Government to ensure labels on drinks state how many teaspoons of sugar they contain.
She was among several MPs calling for the Government to introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks as part of a package of measures to reduce sugar intake after a petition from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver came before Parliament.
Oliver's petition, which has received almost 152,000 signatures, notes £1 billion could be raised every year by charging an extra 7p in tax on a regular-sized can of soft drink which contains added sugar.
The petitioners argue this money should be protected and used to develop NHS and school strategies to deal with childhood obesity and diet-related diseases.
Dr. Wollaston, who called for a package of measures to tackle the issues, said: "I think Jamie Oliver in his presentation to us made a very compelling case for let's just put the teaspoons on the drinks."
She added: "What you need to have is clear information which says does this contain 12, 13, six and... I think it helps industry if people can clearly see they've made an effort to make a lower sugar product but let's allow that within clear labelling."
Earlier Dr Wollaston also denied a sugar tax on soft drinks is "regressive and hits the poor", saying: "Look at who is already hit by this problem - the burden of childhood obesity falls on the poorest children in our community and what we know from experience in Mexico is that a 10% levy on sugary drinks has led to a 6% reduction in consumption, but perhaps more importantly it's led to a 9% reduction in consumption among the heaviest users and that's the point here."
Sarah Wollaston MP is "deeply disappointed" that the government has still not published a report on whether to introduce a sugar tax.Read the full story ›
The Totnes Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston has suggested that the desire to meet targets for seeing patients in accident and emergency could distort clinical priorities.
Ms Wollaston, who chairs the Health Select committee, raised the issue with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt during a debate about the current pressure on casualty departments.
Sarah Wollaston MP (Con, Totnes) tells ITV West Country it's time for more devolved power in the English regions, but without more bureaucratic layers.
The Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne says we need a debate on whether young Muslim women and girls should be banned from wearing a veil or Niqab in public. Claire Manning has been to Plymouth to assess reaction to the proposal.
Poor Sarah Wollaston's twitter feed has become a total car crash of bigotry, Islamophobia, historical ignorance and exceptionalism.
Sarah Wollaston, how about asking a woman who wears niqab what she thinks about her freedom? Or does her opinion does not matter?
feminists should be allowed to say that they find the #niqab deeply offensive without being accused of being bigoted or islamophobic,
The niqab should be banned within schools & colleges; how on earth do they promote equality when they collude with making women invisible?
The niqab won't be banned in the UK because too many politicians will hide behind freedom; hiding women away is a perversion of freedom
The Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston says Islamic veils are an 'intolerable subjugation of women which should not be allowed to masquerade as freedom.'
Sarah Wollaston MP (Con, Totnes, Brixham and South Hams) says the niqab (a full-face Islamic veil) should be banned in schools and colleges. A Birmingham college last week reversed a decision to ban the garment on security grounds. Read more about that decision here.