Councillor pledges to lose weight during debate on the NHS


The commitment came during a motion on Cherwell District Council’s support for the NHS

A local councillor has promised will do his bit to support the NHS by committing to lose 10kg in the next year.   Conservative Councillor Andrew McHugh made the weight-loss commitment during a debate on the NHS.

A motion proposed by Green Councillor Ian Middleton offered the Council’s thanks and support to the NHS following its 75th anniversary.   It called on “the current and all future governments to ensure that the NHS remains where it has always been for most of our lives: at our side and on our side, fully funded and supported to ensure it will still be here in 2048 to celebrate its 100th anniversary.”

Councillor McHugh was recently elected to represent Deddington and is the Council’s portfolio holder for Cleaner and Greener Communities.   He is a former manager at the Banbury Cross Health Centre when it was the Horsefair Surgery.

He told the meeting he backed the motion but wanted to go further to help the NHS – something he hoped others would also do.

Councillor McHugh said: “I strongly support this motion, but … I’m going to go further than supporting this. To misquote JFK, ask not what the NHS can do for you, but what you can do for the NHS. 

“I pledge today that I will lose 10kg by this time next year and in doing that I am highly likely to reduce my personal call on the NHS.   If everyone in the country with a BMI of more than 30 were to do the same, the demands on the NHS would be significantly decreased.”

The motion to support the NHS was passed unanimously.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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