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Council sunbeds criticised

28th September 2009

The British Medical Association has said it was "deeply shocked" to find out that a Welsh council has generated more than £83,000 in five years from sunbeds.

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The BMA used a Freedom of Information request in order to discover that Wrexham local authority made £83,632 from sunbeds at its leisure centres.

Previous enquiries by BMA Wales had shown that the Vale of Glamorgan generated around £15,000 per year from sunbed use.

Following criticism by the BMA, councillors at the Vale of Glamorgan decided in September that they would get rid of the five sunbeds at their leisure facilities.

The BMA have now focused their attention on Wrexham, which it says is one of only two councils in Wales - the other being Flintshire - which provides sunbeds at leisure centres.

Wrexham council responded by saying it had decided to remove the sunbeds by April 2010 and had decreased the amount of beds to five.

"We have also stopped the marketing of sunbeds in our leisure centres which has also had an impact on the income received," added Ken Danskin, the council's leisure and activity officer.

"Any profits from the income have been reinvested in the leisure service and the loss of the remaining funding will have to be carefully managed by the department."

The BMA Welsh secretary Dr Richard Lewis said there was "well-known and accepted scientific and medical evidence on the dangers of sunbed use," and that "you cannot put a price on good health".

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