NHS Hospital Shops Face Sugary Drinks Ban

By Gary Cutlack on at

NHS hospital shops in England are the latest to join the war on sugar, with a group of in-hospital food and drink providers agreeing to cut the amount of sugary liquids they sell to their captive audiences.

Specifically, shops that sell stuff on hospital premises have been asked to limit their sales of sugary drinks so they account for just 10 per cent of their turnover from drinks sales. They've been given a year to hit this target, after which NHS England might look at completely banning the sale of luminous orange sugar-packed fruit drinks altogether should the limit not be achieved.

Shops included in the sugary sales cutting initiative include WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Subway and Greggs, with moves to limit price promotions and "extra free" initiatives already in place.

NHS England's Simon Stevens said: "The NHS is in a great position to take action on the damage being caused by poor diet to the nation's health and the wider healthcare system. With more money spent each year on the treatment of obesity and diabetes than on the police, fire service and judicial system combined, urgent action is needed." [BBC]


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