10 questions to hold councils to account

02/10/15 . News

The Men’s Health Forum is providing councillors with the tools they need to hold their local health system to account on gender.

In partnership with the Centre for Public Scrutiny, the Men’s Health Forum have put together ten questions that scrutiny committees should ask to ensure that their local health systems are as gender-sensitive as they should be – improving the health of both men and women. 

Men’s Health Forum CEO Martin Tod called on councillors to use the publication to improve men's health. ‘Most of the difference in life expectancy and health between men and women - and men in different areas - tracks back to lifestyle factors,' he said. 'Councils can take a leading role in addressing these issues and activating the health services to act. The council can work to get at least 50% male participation in NHS Health Checks and ensure other health improvement programmes - especially weight loss - reflect what works with men.’

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It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.

Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.

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