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NHS hospitals in England to stop selling large portions of unhealthy snacks

17th October 2017

Super-size chocolate bars and grab bags of sugary snacks will no longer be sold at NHS hospitals in England.

A new 250-calorie limit on confectionery sold in hospital canteens, stores, vending machines and other outlets has been announced by NHS England, as part of a broader crackdown on the consumption of unhealthy food and drinks on NHS premises.

Under the new rules, hospitals will have to ensure that four out of five items purchased on their premises do not exceed this limit, or risk losing out on funding ring-fenced for improving the health of staff, patients and their visitors.

Unhealthy sandwiches and drinks are also being targeted as part of NHS England's push, which has seen advertisements and price promotions ended on unhealthy snacks, with healthy food options now available at all times, including for those working night shifts.

Simon Stevens, NHS England's chief executive, said: "The NHS is now stepping up action to combat the super-size snack culture which is causing an epidemic of obesity, preventable diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and cancer."

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