Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, Steve Brine, is currently a Minister at the Department of Health & Social Care.
Steve was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care in June 2017, with a brief including public health, health protection and improvement, international health policy, cancer and primary care.
This means our local MP is working at the heart of Government tackling some of the biggest issues facing our NHS, combining his local priority with a role on the national stage.
One key part of his work is prevention and, in Summer 2018, Steve published a world-leading plan to address childhood obesity.
He says; “The effects of obesity have a profound impact on a child’s opportunities in life. It compromises both physical and mental health, adds to bullying and, because they are more likely to become obese adults, they will have a higher chance of developing cancer and type 2 diabetes. We have to act.”
The plan includes measures to address the promotion of unhealthy food and drinks to children, new information to help parents make informed decisions when shopping and a new national ambition for all primary schools to adopt an ‘active mile’.
Steve is also leading a new ambition to tackle cancer. As part of the long term plan for the NHS, backed by new investment which will provide an extra £20.5bn a year, a package of measures will be rolled out with the aim of seeing three quarters of all cancers detected at an early stage by 2028.
Main picture; Steve with his children in his office at the Department of Health.
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