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Therese Coffey says she didn’t think it was right to ban parents from smoking in cars with children

Cigar-loving Therese Coffey says she didn’t think it was right to ban parents from smoking in cars with kids as the Health Secretary’s ALARM erupts again (but this time, at least it’s not Dr. Dre!)

  • Dr Coffey says banning smoking in cars with children wasn’t ‘the right thing’
  • She voted against David Cameron’s 2015 law change
  • Health Minister plans to reverse No10’s pledge to tackle smoking

Health Secretary Therese Coffey claimed today that the rule change to ban smoking in cars with children was probably not ‘the right thing to do’.

dr. Coffey made the controversial statement when it was revealed she plans to reverse the government’s promise to unveil an action plan to tackle tobacco use.

Liz Truss’s cigar-smoking ally said she voted against the bill in 2015 because she didn’t believe in telling parents what to do.

Health Secretary Therese Coffey (pictured yesterday at Women of the Year Lunch & Awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel) claimed today that the rule change to ban smoking in cars with children was probably not ‘the right thing to do’

Cigar-smoking, karaoke-loving MP Therese Coffey became the third health minister in as many months in September

Cigar-smoking, karaoke-loving MP Therese Coffey became the third health minister in as many months in September

It comes after Dr. Coffey had approved 10 new Community Diagnostic Centers (CDCs) as the hubs reached the milestone of delivering more than two million tests, checks and scans.

The new centers will be rolled out across England, including the Isle of Wight, Burnley in Lancashire and the Medway region in Kent.

Located in community settings such as shopping malls and football stadiums, the hubs are designed to reduce Covid backlogs by speeding up diagnoses.

The centers house a range of equipment, including MRI, X-ray and ultrasound scanners, and offer services such as blood tests and heart rhythm monitoring.

Once referred by a primary care physician, pharmacist, or hospital, patients can access CDCs in their area and have symptoms monitored.

The one-stop shops, backed by £2.3 billion in government funding, have delivered more than two million tests, checks and scans since July 2021.

The government has prioritized rolling out to 160 of these centers across England by 2025 to help reduce Covid backlogs – there are currently 92 operational CDCs.

Other new CDCs are in Warrington, Cheshire, Dudley in the West Midlands, Newmarket in Suffolk and Rotherham in South Yorkshire.

Dr Coffey said: ‘My number one priority is delivering for patients and we will continue to address the issues that affect people most – ambulances, backlogs, care, doctors and dentists.

“Today I’m announcing the approval of 10 new community diagnostic centers that are helping to bridge the Covid backlog by delivering essential tests, checks and scans in local areas.”

Ms Coffey added that the government was “on track to open 160 centers across the country by 2025, which would bring in another 17 million checks”.

Vin Diwakar, NHS Medical Director for Transformation, said: ‘We know that rapid diagnosis saves lives, and it’s great news that more of these centers have been approved to provide check-ups and scans at the heart of local communities, making services more accessible. and become more accessible. useful and also helps to improve outcomes for patients with cancer and other serious conditions.”

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