The NHS England ban on the sale of sugary drinks has been written into the updated Standard Contract for hospitals and the new rules will come into force later this year. Read Sustain’s response.
Yesterday afternoon NHS England quietly banned the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks in hospitals.
The new rules were released in a January 2018 updated Standard Contract for hospitals. A new clause in this contract bans the sale of sugar sweetened beverages from July 2018. A move that the Campaign for Better Hospital Food fully supports.
Katherine Button, Campaign for Better Hospital food Coordinator, said:
“We welcome this move by NHS England to ban the sale of sugary drinks in our hospitals. Tooth extraction as a result of tooth decay is the most common cause for hospitalisation of children under five – putting unnecessary pressure on stretched NHS services. This bold leadership from NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens is exactly what we need to tackle these big health challenges.”
Obesity and diet related disease is a huge issue facing the NHS. NHS England admits that around £16 billion a year is spent on the direct medical costs of diabetes and conditions related to being overweight or obese.This means that more taxpayers money is spent on treating obesity-related conditions than on the police or fire service. So we applaud NHS England taking decisive action to begin to turn this situation around.
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