Stephen Austin BDA National Employment Relations Officer attended the virtual TUC Adaptation to Climate Change and The World of work Conference on Tuesday 8 September 2020, here he talks about his time at the online event.
Getting manufacturers to reduce the size and calorie content of their foods is one positive way of improving the nations health, but it must be part of a wider range of measures. We need to improve our food environment, make sure that healthy, nutritious food is both affordable and available to all, and support people living with obesity to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
“We are concerned this move could have far reaching public health implications. PHE leads on vital work tackling health inequality in England. We believe this work requires a nationally co-ordinated approach."
We set out our full response to the NHS People Plan, including specific actions we believe are needed on CPD, staff wellbeing and workforce expansion.
BDA sets out our initial response to the NHS People Plan 2020/21, noting both positive elements and significant gaps.
BDA Chair Caroline Bovey BEM RD responds to the publication of the National Food Strategy Part One, authored by Henry Dimbleby.
The BDA and Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, have expressed frustration that government are not taking action on energy drinks, despite consulting 18 months ago.
The British Dietetic Association has welcomed the government’s latest obesity plans as a positive next step. They welcome the commitment to expand weight management services, but have urged the government to go further if they want their strategy to be truly comprehensive.
NHS staff on Agenda for Change pay scales, including dietitians and dietetic support workers, are not included in the chancellor's announcement that some public sector workers are to receive above inflation pay awards this year, as they in the final year of a three-year pay deal.
Consensus Action on Salt and Health have written to the Prime Minister to urge him to implement many of the promised elements of the Childhood Obesity Strategy
The government should build on the huge public support shown for the NHS during the pandemic by giving health workers across the UK an early pay rise, say health unions today (Friday).
The BDA and colleagues from UK Malnutrition Awareness and Prevention Network (MAPN) have arranged a letter to the Secretary of State to urge action on malnutrition amongst the elderly.
British Dietetic Association President Giles Yeo calls for urgent reassurances over Brexit and food insecurity
BDA President Giles Yeo, BDA Chair Caroline Bovey and BDA Paediatric Specialist Group Chair Sue Meredith call on government to ensure that Brexit does not worsen food insecurity and poverty or food and welfare standards.
The BDA has joined Sustain, the RCM, the Women's Institute and others to call on government to improve access to Healthy Start vouchers, which provide families with access to fruit, vegetables and milk.
The BDA has joined forces to call on PHE to ensure that its obesity and weight management campaigns don't have the unintended effect of causing distress to those living with or at risk of developing eating disorders.
The BDA calls for urgent action on health inequalities following publication of PHE report on the factors increasing risk from COVID-19.
The BDA states clearly that black lives matter. We condemn the racism, brutalisation and inequality faced by black people both here and in the USA. We stand with our black members, staff and black people everywhere, and we offer our solidarity with all those protesting anti-black racism. To our black members, we recognise the importance you play within the healthcare profession, we stand with you and we support you, because black lives matter.
Guidance around overtime payments during the COVID-19 period including context, proposed duration of the temporary measures, and funding
BDA Chair Caroline Bovey writes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urge a comprehensive approach to obesity, asks that he avoid stigmatising language and ensure dietitians have a central role.