BDA supports findings of House of Lords Committee report on long term sustainability

BDA supports findings of House of Lords Committee report on long term sustainability

05 April 2017

The British Dietetic Association today welcomes the findings of the House of Lords Committee on the long term sustainability of the NHS. The committee makes a number of recommendations that it believes are necessary to ensure that the NHS is sustainable and free at the point of use.

The British Dietetic Association, founded in 1936, is the professional association for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with almost 9,000 members. The BDA is also an active trade union.

The BDA, which submitted written evidence to the inquiry and featured within the report, supports the committee’s call for GDP linked funding increases for both the NHS and social care services beyond 2020. The report also recognises the need to better support the current healthcare workforce and put in place stronger plans for the future workforce.

BDA Chief Executive Andy Burman said:

“The BDA is pleased to see that the report recognises the need for longer term thinking and planning in our health services. The NHS and Social Care need a solid and long term financial settlement. This includes better support for dietitians and other staff working within the NHS and social care, who have just received news of their sixth consecutive below inflation pay settlement.

“The report also recognises that a shift toward prevention is going to be vital. We know that dietitians have the skills and capability to help prevent or reduce the impact of a wide range of long term health conditions, and that 10.8% of all illness is caused by poor diet1. Unfortunately we are instead seeing local government public health services being cut while the ‘radical upgrade in prevention’ promised by NHS England has failed to materialise. We hope this report will spur a change in direction.”

The BDA also fully endorses the committee’s call for the government to takes steps to reassure and retain overseas-trained staff working in the NHS and adult social care following Brexit. 

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Notes to the Editor:

  • The BDA’s full response to the House of Lords Inquiry can be found here: https://www.bda.uk.com/improvinghealth/yourhealth/consultation_documents/hol_nhs_sustainability.pdf
  • Details of the inquiry and a full copy of the report can be found on the parliament website: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/nhs-sustainability-committee/
  • Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
  • Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and individuals.
  • Visit the BDA website at www.bda.uk.com and visit the BDA on Twitter at @BrDieteticAssoc
  • Access FREE BDA Food Fact Sheets (Information Standard accredited at) https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts  

References:

1. https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2015/09/15/the-burden-of-disease-and-what-it-means-in-england/

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