Children’s hospital under pressure to end “grotesque” ties with McDonald’s

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 13 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:578
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. 1Sydney

Public health and cancer groups have called on a leading children’s hospital in Australia to end its long standing association with the fast food chain McDonald’s.

And an expert in food policy in the United Kingdom has also called on UK hospitals not to play host to fast food outlets.

The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne is developing plans for its relocation in 2011, when the lease for the McDonald’s outlet in the hospital will also expire.

Some staff are urging the hospital board to ban fast food outlets, including McDonald’s, from the new development.

Mike South, a senior …

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