Barber hits out at Government

BALI awards adjudication chair Alan Barber launched a passionate attack on the Government at this year’s BALI Awards.

The parks consultant said he could contribute little to judging this year because he contracted MRSA in hospital. He said: “My point is that what the NHS spends on treating diseases they give you is about the same per annum as the value of the output of the entire landscape construction sector. More to the point, the NHS gets a boost of £45bn a year while the maintenance of parks and green spaces continues to suffer budget cuts, largely as a result of Whitehall-imposed democratic and fiscal regimes which render local government so dysfunctional in the UK. These local landscapes are a health provision and should be properly resourced; something we could do with the savings if the NHS would clean up its act on hospital- acquired infections.” Meanwhile, health secretary Alan Johnson has said the Government plans “fit towns” with larger parks and modern playgrounds to tackle the UK’s growing obesity problem.

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