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Parents told crisps don't count to five-a-day, get up, stand up, stand up for your health, and MPs call for another inspection body

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

Britain’s lunchboxes need an overhaul after a study found one in twenty parents thought crisps counted towards a daily intake of fruit and veg, and almost a quarter (23%) thought baked potatoes counted.

The Telegraph reports that organisation Fruit Heroes surveyed 1,000 British parents and many also failed to correctly identify genuinely healthy foods like beans.

But Michael Hjertebjerg, of Fruit Heroes, said: ‘[British parents] look for the right things - added sugar, preservatives … However, I’m concerned how crisps, cereal bars, chocolate, biscuits and cheese make an appearance in most lunchboxes.’

Inactivity at the office should not be taken sitting down as new research finds almost half the British public spend less than half an hour a day on their feet at work, the BBC reports.

As well as being a handy waiting room space saving initiative, standing up more could have a range of health benefits, while prolonged is thought to have a negative impact on fat storage and blood sugar regulation.

Campaign and study by On Your Feet Britain with the British Heart Foundation is calling for more office workers to take meetings and telephone calls standing up, to escape their desks at lunch, or even to introduce standing desks.

And finally, news to brighten up the gloomiest of morning surgeries as MPs have begun calls for yet another NHS needs another independent regulation body, this time for medical accidents.

Though primarily focused on secondary care, the House of Commons Public Administration select committee is calling for the immediate implementation of a body to investigate ‘serious incidents’ and ‘never events’ – adding the current system was too slow and complicated.

Committee chairman Bernard Jenkin said: ‘There needs to be investigative capacity so that facts and evidence can be established early, with the need to find blame, and regardless of whether a complaint has been raised.’

Readers' comments (1)

  • I wrote the following to mu MP yesterday:

    Today's report highlights the reduction in numbers of GPs per head of population by some 3% alongside an increase in hospital consultants of over 10%.

    At a time of increased expectations and demands on GPs no amount of increased infrastructure/ technology can replace the face to face consultations of General Practice, where 90% of NHS work is carried out.

    The system is heading towards being technologically and quality checked into oblivion due to a unilaterally imposed, unrestrained, bureaucratic nightmare by the unconscionable coalition alongside utterly reasonable choices of doctors of refusing to enter into compromised GP land and the present incumbents leaving as soon as they can. Well done- mission accomplished!

    A wonderful, gleaming machine without operatives, or, as sure as eggs are eggs, peanuts begetting monkeys is envisioned by the letter you received from Dan Poulter.

    Please do spread the word in your last few days, offer this feedback to Jeremy Hunt, and if you see Andrew Lansley give him unbridled praise.

    Kind regards

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