BHF raises crucial heart health issues at the Labour Party Conference
Sep 28, 2005 - 7:56:00 AM
As part of the its ongoing campaign work on policies making a real difference to the lives of those living with heart disease in the UK, the BHF is raising two important issues with MPs and delegates at this year's Labour party conference.
By BHF, [RxPG] Decisions are imminent on the legislation to restrict smoking in public places and workplaces as part of the forthcoming Health Improvement and Protection Bill.
The Labour Party Conference Smokefree Legislation Fringe Meeting, Its about health and its about time, will provide party delegates an opportunity to hear Caroline Flint MP and Peter Hollins, Director General of the BHF, discuss the proposals for smokefree legislation to cover all workplaces and enclosed public places, with exemptions for pubs that dont serve food and private members clubs.
Peter Hollins, Director General of the BHF said,"Secondhand smoke is a killer. The case for comprehensive legislation is now overwhelming.
"Everyone has a right to a smokefree workplace. The current proposals will leave the most heavily exposed workers unprotected and will lead to an increase in health inequalities."
The BHF is also supporting a fringe meeting on inequalities in end of life care. The BHF will call on Government to substantially invest in palliative care services for heart patients, who currently receive much less support than cancer patients at the end of their lives.
Each year about 300,000 people with life threatening conditions other than cancer would benefit from palliative care but are excluded from it principally by reason of their diagnosis.