Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cancellation Explained

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cancellation Explained

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IN response to Cllr Cherrett's letter regarding health inequalities in Stockton (The Gazette 04.08.18), she is absolutely right to say that the causes are numerous and require all agencies to work together to address them - not least the Government.

She is, however, incorrect to suggest that council leaders cancelled the full meeting in July believing that the Public Health England study was not important enough to discuss.

The mayor, in consultation with political group leaders, moved to cancel the meeting because there were no urgent agenda items, motions, or questions from the public or councillors - including Cllr Cherrett. The shallow and unbalanced BBC Panorama documentary she refers to failed to allow the council and notably the director of public health the opportunity to voice their views and express the work that is being done to address health inequalities. We only learnt of its airing after council had been cancelled.

The issues surrounding health inequalities are in fact regularly discussed and worked on at the health and wellbeing board, and its sub-groups, as well as the adult social care and health select committee.

We have an agreed joint health and wellbeing strategy, based on our joint strategic needs assessment, which sets out the council and partner's shared approach to health and wellbeing targets. This work is overseen by the health and wellbeing board and ensures that all agencies involved work positively together to progress on tackling the inequalities we see across the borough.

However, the detrimental impact of national policies and the huge reductions in government funding must not be underestimated in understanding the causes of such inequalities in the first place.

Cllr JIM BEALL, deputy leader of Stockton Council and cabinet member for adult social care and health Nature and the forces against it IN a quiet corner of Skelton at the bottom of Nidderdale there is a budding nature reserve and pond created by a group of people who give up their spare time to create this reserve. …

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