Have Your Say

  • Cash for calories

    The rationing body NICE has advised that the NHS should pay fat people to lose weight and smokers to quit.

    Under trial schemes dieters have been paid up to ?425, and pregnant women in Scotland have been given shopping vouchers worth up to ?650 for stopping smoking.

    However, critics have branded such “bribes” as a misappropriation of scarce resources and “a quickfix waste of cash”.


    • Can cash incentives help improve the nation’s health?

    • Should state funds be used to pay people to change their lifestyles?

  • Drunken children – Why?

    The Red Cross wants to promote a broad range of first aid skills for children with emphasis on dealing with emergencies resulting from drinking excess alcohol after a survey showed that more than one in seven children aged 11 to 16 have witnessed an emergency due to drunkenness.

    Official figures show that there were more than 7,000 hospital admissions between 2006 and 2009 involving under-15s and alcohol.


    • Why are so many children getting dangerously drunk?

    • What can be done to remedy the problem of child/teenage drunkenness?

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