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Ban junk food in hospitals, say doctors

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4201 (Published 28 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4201
  1. Helen Jaques
  1. 1BMJ Careers

Hospitals and other NHS premises should be banned from selling junk food and unhealthy drinks to patients, relatives, and staff, doctors have said.

Representatives at the BMA’s annual meeting in Edinburgh this week agreed that the association should lobby the Department of Health and the NHS Confederation, which represent NHS providers and commissioners, to ensure that junk food and unhealthy drinks are not sold on NHS premises.

The London cardiology trainee Aseem Malhotra told the conference that the food industry’s “aggressive and irresponsible” marketing had been allowed to hijack the very institutions that were supposed …

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