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Book a Health Check to defuse the diabetes timebomb

By on 15/04/2014 in Blog, Cllr Bedser with 0 Comments

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, backs a Diabetes UK campaign urging more people to book NHS Health Checks. So how much do you know about Diabetes? Shockingly, many people still think of it as a relatively mild condition that can be easily managed. They don't realise it can lead to devastating […]

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New agency finding homes for families

By on 04/04/2014 in Cllr Bedser, News with 0 Comments

A groundbreaking new agency aiming to cut Birmingham’s housing list by working more closely with private landlords is starting to make its mark. Launched in January as a partnership between Birmingham City Council and Omega Lettings Ltd, Let to Birmingham aims to match up homeless households with good quality privately rented homes. The agency is the […]

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Plain packaging news welcomed in Birmingham

By on 03/04/2014 in Cllr Bedser, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham health bosses today welcomed the news that the Government looks set to press ahead with plain packaging for cigarettes. Health Minister Jane Ellison made the announcement after a detailed independent review of the evidence concluded that thousands fewer children would take up smoking if the packets were unbranded and less attractive. She told the […]

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Liver disease crisis: We need minimum alcohol pricing

By on 26/03/2014 in Cllr Bedser, News with 0 Comments

Responding to the parliamentary report on liver disease, Birmingham health chiefs have repeated calls for the introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol. The report from the All-Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group (APPHG) Inquiry states: The lack of action to tackle liver disease in the UK is “scandalous”. Deaths from liver disease in England have risen 40% […]

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Birmingham shining a light on autism

By on 26/03/2014 in Cllr Bedser, News with 0 Comments

The Library of Birmingham will turn blue next week, joining the likes of Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls, in a major global campaign to raise awareness about autism. The library is one of thousands of high profile buildings and landmarks across the world that plan to 'Light It Up Blue' […]

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Hero head grabbing the Red Bull by the horns

By on 25/03/2014 in Cllr Bedser, News with 0 Comments

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, praises a Birmingham head teacher for banning high caffeine energy drinks. In case you haven’t seen today’s Birmingham Mail, the city has a new public health hero after head teacher Peter Slough took the brave decision to ban pupils from consuming caffeine-heavy energy drinks. The head of […]

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Victims' Champion backs push to tackle sexual violence

By on 25/03/2014 in Cllr Bedser, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham Victims’ Champion Cllr Jess Phillips has welcomed a new push to tackle sexual exploitation and violence in the city. Birmingham Public Health is currently redesigning sexual health services to better address the needs of a young, diverse city in 2014. And a massive 94 per cent of respondents to a city-wide consultation have backed […]

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Sexual violence and exploitation are public health issues

By on 18/03/2014 in Blog, Cllr Bedser with 0 Comments

Almost a year after public health responsibilities transferred back to local government, Birmingham City Council is getting to grips with sexual health…and that means tackling big issues like sexual violence and exploitation. Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, writes: Ask most people what sexual health services meant to them and the most […]

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Plans to upgrade homeless centres

By on 10/03/2014 in Cllr Bedser with 0 Comments

Birmingham’s three homeless centres are set for a £3 million refurbishment and upgrade. A report to Cabinet on 17 March will seek approval for the £3.016 million project, with work scheduled to begin in late 2014 The centres in Bournville, Nechells and Northfield cater for almost 100 households at any one time and help a […]

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Smokescreen: Why e-cigarettes have no place on TV

By on 24/02/2014 in Blog, Cllr Bedser with 0 Comments

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, voices his concern at the recent emergence TV ads for electronic cigarettes. Picture the scene. You're watching your favourite TV programme and as we cut to the ad break, you're suddenly confronted with a commercial that promotes smoking as a smart lifestyle choice; soothing, relaxing or […]

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