National chair of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), Stewart McKenzie, has come out in support of today’s (21 April) announcement from NHS England to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals.
McKenzie (pictured), who recently succeeded Phil Shelley as chair of the association, said: “The HCA welcomes the news that several suppliers have pledged to cut sales of sugary drinks to 10% or less within hospitals over the coming year.
“It’s great to see initiatives being introduced to help fight against obesity, diabetes and tooth decay across the country, with the NHS leading the way.
“We hope more suppliers follow the likes of WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Subway and Greggs and introduce measures voluntarily throughout the next 12 months, rather than having an outright ban forced on them.”
He added: “In the last year we have already seen progress being made with hospitals removing price promotions on sugary drinks and snacks and making sure healthy options are available to patients, staff and visitors.
“It will be interesting to see how retailers also respond to the further targets for confectionery and pre-packed sandwiches and meals.”
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