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NHS England proposes hospital ban on sugar-sweetened drinks

NHS England is proposing to ban sugar-sweetened drinks from hospital vending machines and restaurants, in a dramatic attempt to curb obesity that goes beyond the government’s plans for a sugar levy.

The chief executive, Simon Stevens, unveiled two radical proposals to cut obesity. The first is to reduce the amount of high-sugar soft drinks consumed in hospitals. The alternative to the outright ban is to impose a fee on vendors of sugar-sweetened drinks, which would amount to 20% of their sales.

“Confronted by rising obesity, type 2 diabetes and child dental decay, it’s time for the NHS to practice what we preach,” Stevens told the Ukactive physical activity conference.

“By ploughing the proceeds of any vendor fees back into staff health and patient charities these proposals are a genuine win-win opportunity to both improve health and cut future illness cost burdens for the NHS.”

Read more at The Guardian.

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