Under new measures to tackle obesity, hospitals could be banned from selling sugary drinks. These include sweetened fruit juices, flavoured coffees and fizzy drinks. Whats your verdict, do you agree with these measures? Should hospitals be forced to ban these drinks, or should customers have the choice?
NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has outlined radical new proposals to ban hospitals from selling sugary drinks – in a plan to tackle obesity.
These plans wo
uld see all kinds of sugar-laden beverages outlawed from canteens and vending machines, making England the world’s first nation to enforce a ban like this
During his speech, Simon warned that hospitals have become “marketing outlets for junk food,” which is certainly not ideal in a place tackling obesity-related illnesses!
All of these changes come as statistics are released showing more than a quarter of British adults are classified as obese – with rates doubling since the early 1990s.
“Confronted by rising obesity, type 2 diabetes and child dental decay, it’s the first time for the NHS to practice what we preach,” Mr Stevens went onto say during the UK Active National Conference.
And they have a point, right? We have enough problems in the world without a hospital – the one place we expect help from – adding to them…
Now, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional sugary drink – I love Vanilla Coca Cola for example. But that doesn’t mean they should be sold in a hospital.
But, then again, what if it wasn’t such a problem? What if there’s a benefit to these drinks being sold in hospitals?
Well, to look at this, we go beyond the soft drinks industry who are obviously saying the ban is “unjustified,” because that will be a biased perspective for their own interests.
We look, instead, at the revenue one of these machines can bring in for hospitals – up to £8,000 a year to be specific.
Now, before anybody speculates, total sugary drinks bans are already being tested in some hospitals. And the results have been ‘positive’ – not hurting the hospital financially.
However, you can’t help but note how this money is helping each hospital and their funding, especially at a time of cut funds to the NHS!
So, where do you stand on this? Do you feel the ban is required? Or do you think it’s stupid – another way of taking away our freedom of choice and hurting hospitals in the long run?