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Monday, 12 December 2016

Sugary drinks ban….

…in hospitals.  But what’s doing to keep the doctors awake?

If you have any thoughts, there’s a consultation on this until the 18th January.  From the NHS England website:
“NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens is calling on patients and the public to have their say in a ten week consultation on plans to cut the sales of sugary drinks sold in hospitals.

Our formal consultation gives details of a proposed new fee to be paid by vendors and seeks views on an outright ban, as well as alternative measures to reduce sales of sugary-drinks.

Simon Stevens committed in the Five Year Forward View, to improve the health of NHS England’s  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.

Hospitals are an integral part of the community and are visited by over with over 1 million patients every 36 hours, 22 million A&E attendances and 85 million outpatient appointments each year. The food sold there can send a powerful message to the public about healthy food and drink consumption.”

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