Barbara last week questioned Prime Minister Gordon Brown about the Government’s plans to encourage healthier lifestyles.
Speaking during the Prime Minister’s weekly question and answer session in the House of Commons, Barbara said:
“In my constituency, people living in the most deprived areas have a life expectancy seven years shorter than those in the most affluent areas a couple of miles away, yet national reports have indicated that they could have many years added to their lifespan if they made some lifestyle changes. Will my Right Honourable Friend assure me that in years to come the NHS will reach out to my constituents and advise them on how to change their lifestyles so that they can lead healthier and longer lives?”
Mr Brown praised Barbara’s campaigning on health issues, and confirmed that Government is taking decisive action to tackle the health inequalities often caused by unhealthy lifestyles.
“I praise the work that my Honourable Friend does in the health service, in particular among carers. We attended a seminar on that issue in Leeds on Friday, where carers asked us to do more to make their lives better, particularly with respite care. As far as inequalities and life chances are concerned, we are putting forward measures for check-ups, screening and preventive vaccines so that people can identify their risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. That will save lives, particularly in the communities that my Honourable Friend is talking about."