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PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES FACING SCOTLAND

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A fixed penalty system of enforcement for environmental health offences is being called for by the Royal Environmen...
A fixed penalty system of enforcement for environmental health offences is being called for by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.

The proposal comes in a document called 'Agenda for change', launched at the institute's annual congress being held in Nairn this week.

REHIS believes that a fixed fine would provide a visible and swift deterrent and would ensure that the public could see their grievances were being addressed. This would have the knock-on effect of improving the health, safety and welfare of the community.

It is one of a number of far-reaching considerations regarded by REHIS as public health challenges facing Scotland, which the institute is sending to all members of the Scottish parliament and elected members of Scotlands local authorities.

Jim Thompson, president of REHIS, says: 'Human health and environmental quality are indivisible. We cannot insulate ourselves from our surroundings - the air we breath, the water we drink, the food we eat, the buildings and landscapes we inhabit. The broad scope of today's environmental issues effects not only the lives of Scotland's people but the environment in which we all live.'

Individual issues highlighted in 'Agenda for change' include contaminated land, water supplies, waste management, mobile phone emissions, home safety, environmental noise and food law enforcement.

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