BMA meeting: doctors vote to stop sale of children’s play areas and to cut salt in food

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 27 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4415
  1. Edward Davies
  1. 1BMJ

A limit on salt in common food items and the addition of folic acid to flour were among a raft of public health measures voted through at the British Medical Association’s annual representative meeting.

In a wide ranging debate delegates also passed motions against the sale of children’s play areas for development and called on the government for a “Tobin tax”—a 0.05% tax on the banking sector to raise money for public services.

However, more controversial motions supporting a fat tax and banning alcohol sales at garage forecourts were defeated.

In a long debate on tackling obesity Louisa Harding of the Junior Doctors Committee told delegates that the …

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