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NHS Hospitals Ban Junk Food Retailers

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Published on : Sep 02, 2015

In a bid to tackle the increasing incidence of obesity across Britain, NHS hospitals ban junk food retailers. 

The health service head of NHS demanded changes in fare types provided in hospitals across the country, a majority of whom has bar outlets, which may sell unhealthy snacks. 

Chief executive of NHS, Simon Stevens said that it is important for hospitals and health service centers to put its own services in order by dumping junk food, in order to ensure health and wellness to hospital staffs, patients, as well as visitors. 

The announcement came after an investigation conducted by The Telegraph, which exposed the presence of fast food chain within the NHS including Greggs bakers, Burger Kings, and 92 branches of Costa Coffee who sells high sugar drinks and muffins, who are also among the most criticized fast food chains by health campaigners. 

Mr. Stevens in a speech to over 5,000 NHS managers will announce the new steps to be taken to tackle obesity and ill-health within the sector of health services, and this he intends to start with the foods promoted. 

During the event the NHS trusts will be informed that it is ‘unacceptable’ for the healthcare organization to maintain contracts with firms that mainly sell food which do not meet the nutritional standards or who are actively engaged in promoting unhealthy snacking habits. 

The companies who sell junk foods within the hospital premises will be asked to either change their menus to offer healthier meals, else they will asked to leave. 

No chocolates or sweets will be sold through vending machines in portions more than 250g. While the sale of sugary drinks will be limited to 20 per cent of the drinks they offer to the consumers within the hospital premises. 

During his speech to NHS leaders in Manchester, Mr. Stevens will also pilot schemes and will offer training classes such as Zumba and yoga to doctors, nurses, and other hospital staffs. They will be also given access to various stop smoking and weight loss schemes. 

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