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Council accused over sunbeds

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The British Medical Association has accused a council of “dragging its feet” over removing sunbeds from its leisure centres.

The BMA’s Welsh arm said it had “serious concerns” over the conduct of Vale of Glamorgan Council, which still has sunbeds at three centres, even though the council’s scrutiny committee recommended to cabinet in May that the tanning machines should be removed.

The BMA said the sunbeds are making a profit of around £15,000 a year for the council.

BMA Welsh secretary Richard Lewis said: “Local authorities should be leading on health protection it’s absurd that sunbeds are even there.

“Just one session a month will double the average individual’s annual dose of ultraviolet radiation and it’s well known that this increases the risk of cancer, skin and eye problems in later life”.

Dr Lewis said the Welsh BMA was also calling on Wrexham and Flintshire councils to remove sunbeds.

Chris Fray, head of economic development and leisure at Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet will revisit the report at its meeting on 2 September where a decision will be made on whether to remove all sunbeds from its leisure centres.

“The Cabinet needed to ensure that it had all the necessary details to make an informed decision.”

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