NHS Hospitals today issued guidance on the sale of sugary products on their premises.
It seems entirely logical that a building where the purpose is to help improve health does not, at the same time, sell products that harm health.
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down but spoonfuls of added sugar day in, day out mean serious health problems.”
WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Subway and Greggs have all agreed to cut the proportion of sugary drinks they sell in their hospital shops in England.
Furethermore, NHS England has instructed retailers in hospitals to limit the drinks to less than 10% of the total beverages they sell by next April – and if they do not comply, they will face a total ban on selling sugary drinks in hospital shops.
Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said it was great news that NHS England was “taking this step to make hospitals healthier places for all of us”.
Bluecrest Health Screening welcomes this news as it highlights further the importance of combining preventive health within a culture of wellbeing.