People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to give their views on the a new county-wide health and wellbeing strategy.

The Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board has launched a public consultation on the document.

The strategy aims to tackle the underlying causes of problems across the county by focusing on areas including early life, mental health, weight and ageing.

Cllr Johnny McMahon, cabinet support member for public health at Staffordshire County Council and co-chair of the Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

Cllr Johnny McMahon
Cllr Johnny McMahon

“This new strategy sets out what we’re going to do to address the challenges we face.

“There are many good things happening already, and great strides are being made towards our ambition of making sure people can live healthier lives for longer and reducing health inequalities.

“We want to build on those to drive forward improvements, and make sure health is at the forefront of everything we do.

“This is an important opportunity for people to share their thoughts – health really is everyone’s business, and I encourage people to take a look at the strategy and talk to us about what it means to them.”

Cllr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council

The feedback received will be used to “refine and confirm” the vision and approaches in the strategy.

Dr Alison Bradley, co-chair of the board, added:

“We know that some communities in Staffordshire have been more affected by coronavirus than others, and that some people have struggled to maintain healthy lifestyles as a result. 

“This new draft strategy takes the effect of those issues into account so that we can take earlier action to improve health and wellbeing, and reduce poor health, right across Staffordshire.

“I’d urge people to get involved and comment on this draft strategy, as the best way for us to make a difference is by understanding what matters to people and communities.”

Dr Alison Bradley

People can get involved either by completing the online survey or by emailing their thoughts on the strategy to before midnight on 20th February.

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  1. Whilst any health initiative is welcome, I fear that this will distract from the main health issue facing most people- the state of the NHS. Underfunded, under resourced and, after the stress of coping with COVID, probably with low morale. After reading the strategy, I am not much wiser as to what is actually going to be done. Some laudable intentions, but without much substance, and unclear on how it is to be funded. If I were to be cynical, I would wonder if it was all just an attempt to reduce the use of an ailing NHS.

  2. One of the things that I have found very frustrating is that people from Lichfield seem to be at a disadvantage in getting hospital treatment for serious health issues.

    GP’s can try and refer to QE in Birmingham. QE have told a number of people I know. They are not able to accept a referral from Lichfield. They have then been referred to Burton or Derby. Who have then come back and said you are not able to refer to us. You need to go to QE.

    If Lichfield had its own hospital. It would be simpler. We seem to be somewhat of an anomaly.

  3. @Dale, it seems to me that Lichfield isn’t a particularly great place to live anymore. It has a number of huge gaps in infrastructure, bigger than many much smaller areas I know. The main reason for this is that our Council is one of the worst in the country and doesn’t properly champion the area and push for improvements. All it wants to do is keep adding small 2 bed terraced housing to Lichfield’s periphery. Let’s just take a few examples: No ‘proper’ hospital, no full-time fire crew (despite having a fire station), no ‘proper’ leisure centre with a sports hall, no museum about the city to attract tourists despite having a rich history (particularly by West Midlands standards), nothing for young people/children to do, i.e. no cinema, bowling, ice skating etc. Even the paving around Lichfield now is awful. There has been little/no investment in the centre for too long. I could go on, but it’s plain to see that Lichfield is crying out for some ambition and a revitalisation. @Cllr Pullen and Cllr Eadie – sort it out or step aside so someone more capable can improve this city!

  4. Very good points Simon. The debacle about the Beacon Street development illustrates one of the problems. It seems at times that the whole city is being preserved as a museum. Compare facilities with what Tamworth has. When historic buildings become more important than people, any development to help people will face problems. The other side of the coin is that not enough attention is given to publicising the considerable history that Lichfield has, so we have the worst of both worlds.

  5. Thanks John Allen, and before anyone makes the point that Tamworth is much bigger than Lichfield, how about considering Uttoxeter? Its population is less than half that of Lichfield, yet it has a museum about its past (small, but still more than Lichfield has), it has a cinema, ice skating and bowling complex and it even has an excellent leisure centre! How can tiny Uttoxeter has all these facilities and we in Lichfield, much larger and supposedly wealthier(?) can’t? It’s embarrassing for this Council. We don’t even have a newspaper any more. Quite depressing.

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