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NHS England proposes to cut sales of sugary drinks in hospitals

Published 10 November 2016

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens is urging patients and the public to give their opinion in a 10-week consultation on plans to reduce the amount of sugary drinks being sold in hospitals.

England would become the first country in the world to take action across its health service in this way. Our formal consultation gives details of a proposed new fee to be paid by vendors and seeks views on an outright ban.

Simon Stevens also committed in the Five Year Forward View, to improve the health of its workforce. A recent survey found obesity to be the most significant self-reported health problem amongst NHS staff, with nearly 700,000 NHS staff estimated to be overweight or obese.

Rising rates of obesity amongst NHS staff is not only bad for personal health, but also affects sickness absence and the NHS’s ability to give patients credible and effective advice about their health

NHS premises receive heavy footfall from the communities of which they are a part over 1 million patients every 36 hours, 22 million A&E attendances and 85 million outpatient appointments each year.

The food sold in these locations can send a powerful message to the public about healthy food and drink consumption.

The consultation proposes levying a fee for any vendor of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) on NHS premises.

Source: Company Press Release